The G1 has gone on sale in the US today. This phone from T-Mobile has a Google operating system, for which anyone is able to develop applications.
Developers can submit their applications for approval from 27 October, and there are already over 50 applications available on the Android market website, which was made available today to coincide with the US launch.
Open source software allows any user to create applications for the G1
It will cost a developer an initial one-off registration fee of $25, around £15, before developers can submit their application for approval.
Initially, the applications that can be added to the Android marketplace will be made available to all users for free. As of next year anyone with enough technical know-how will be able to submit applications to the market that can then be sold. Seventy percent of the revenue from the sales will go to the individual who created the application, while the remaining 30% will be split between banking fees and phone networks.
Google says that it will not make any money directly from the sale of this software.
Google Android market
The fifty-plus applications that are already available on the Android market include games, mapping tools, social networking applications, weather and music services.
The T-Mobile G1 will be launched in the UK on Thursday 30th October. The US model is being sold for $180, around £110, with a two year contract costing at least $65, or £40, a month.
Which? senior researcher Jon Barrow said: ‘We’ve had a look at the functions of this phone and they’re what you’d expect from a model of this class. The real excitement surrounding the G1, however, is the open source software that will open up a world of accessible applications to all G1 users.
We have already written up a first look report on the T-Mobile G1, and we shall be fighting our way to the front of the queues to get our hands on a model to test next week.’
The T-Mobile G1 smartphone will be competing against the Samsung Omnia and Apple’s iPhone in the busy sales period before Christmas.
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