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4 May 2012

T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google becomes carrier’s second Android smartphone

T-Mobile USA has announced its second Android phone today which will go on sale at the beginning of August.  Dubbed the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, it appears to be the same phone we saw in a leaked shot of the carrier’s inventory system at the beginning of May.  In essence, the myTouch 3G is a slightly modified HTC Magic, an Android smartphone currently shipping in Europe.

The myTouch 3G has a similar form factor to the iPhone, sporting a 3.2-inch touchscreen.  Unlike T-Mobile’s first Android phone, the G1 which was released last October, the myTouch 3G won’t have a physical keyboard instead having a virtual keypad.  Like the G1 the myTouch 3G will be packed with Google software and applications, likely including some of the company’s new location-based services such as Latitude.  It will also include a new application called Sherpa which learns from your preferences and locations to offer personalized options and suggestions.

Other features include:

  • 4.45 inches x 2.19 inches x 0.58 inches (shorter and thinner than the G1)
  • 4.1 ounces (compared to 5.6 ounces for the G1)
  • 3G
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • instant messaging support for Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and AOL
  • Exchange ActiveSync support for corporate servers
  • 6 hours talk time (less than G1) but 600 hours standby (compared to 319 for the G1)
  • customizable wallpapers, icons and menus
  • ability to create personalized skins and shells

The myTouch 3G, manufactured by HTC, will cost $199 with a 2-year contract.  It will hit retail stores in early August, but existing T-Mobile customers who pre-order the phone will receive their shipments July 29.


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