By March 12, 2009

T-Mobile UK G1 update now available, paid apps are a go

imageAs predicted yesterday,  T-Mobile announces that a key software update development has gone live on Android Market today “ enabling improved functionality, and further opening up the possibilities for application development, with the potential for thousands more applications to be available on the T-Mobile G1.

The much-anticipated software update will mean even more choice for T-Mobile G1 users and more scope for developers. G1 users will be able to select from a growing range of paid for applications and games, while the several thousand developers that have signed up to Android will be able to charge for applications and games, if they choose, to fund future development.

Applications already available on the T-Mobile G1 via Android Marketâ„¢ cover a wide range of genres, from location-based applications such as Cab4Me, which allows users to order a cab to their exact location at the touch of a button, and ˜nru’ (near you) which allows users to find entertainment and things to do near them, based on their current location and the direction the handset is pointed in. Additionally, there’s a wide selection of games such as the brain training game Brain Genius Deluxe, and even applications such as Eco Rio which lets users track their carbon footprint.

A selection of the forthcoming new applications will require payment, with the price set by the developers, whilst over a thousand applications are still free of charge with more being added every day.

One of the first paid for applications to go live today was the latest video game phenomenon Guitar Hero® World Tour Mobile. Gamers will use the G1’s sensitive touch-screen to play along with 15 rock classics including Deep Purple’s ˜Smoke on the Water’, Guns˜n’Roses’ ˜Welcome to the Jungle’ and Black Sabbath’s ˜Paranoid’. There’s also a bonus song available every month, and users can log on to to create their own rock star persona.

The T-Mobile G1 is the first device to run on Android “ the innovative mobile phone software platform from the Open Handset Alliance. The breadth of downloads available on Android Marketâ„¢ is due to any mobile developer being able to create their own innovative applications for T-Mobile G1 customers to download, with the only limit being their imaginations.

Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet and Entertainment, T-Mobile, commented: Since the T-Mobile G1 arrived in October, customers have really been embracing the idea of making their phone their own. With Android Market’sâ„¢ unlimited choice of applications to download. Now with the addition of paid applications, G1 customers can choose to buy outstanding games like Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile. With the openness of Android and how easy it is to put an application or game on the Android Marketâ„¢, any budding developer from around the world can bring their ideas to life. With money to be made many more developers will join in. For a T-Mobile G1 customer this means more choice, and some very exciting ideas coming to life from all over the world. Customers will judge which applications are successful through user ratings and feedback.

The T-Mobile G1 is available for free on T-Mobile Combi and Flext price plans from £30 a month, including unlimited high speed internet powered by T-Mobile’s award-winning network.

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