Google and T-Mobile have just announced (officially) the G1 Android phone. The G1 runs a customised operating system built by Google. It is completely open-source, which means you can install any compatible software on it.
Being a Google phone, the G1 has tight integration with the existing Google services, including Google Maps and “push” integration with Google Mail.
There is a ton of online coverage on the G1:
- Wall Street Journal overview
- Engadget has a hands-on video
- Gizmodo discusses the Google integration features.
I imagine it will be some time before we see the G1 released in New Zealand. The device is slated to be available in the UK in November and “across Europe in 2009”.