Google G1



Kamis, 23 Oktober 2008 | 09:46 WIB


TEMPO Interaktif, Jakarta: Pabrik pembuat iPhone dan BlackBerry pasti berdebar-debar dengan kabar ini: Ponsel Google G1 mulai dipasarkan di Amerika Serikat pada Rabu (22/10).

Bukan karena G1 memiliki tampilan keren seperti Apple. Bukan pula karena kemampuan push mail yang membuat ketagihan seperti BlackBerry. Tapi karena G1 menggunakan sistem operasi ponsel buatan Google bernama Android.

Kelebihan Android ini satu dibanding sistem operasi lain: ia open source. Ini memungkinkan para pembuat program menciptakan aplikasi yang dengan gampang bisa diunduh para pengguna.

Ponsel lain, seperti iPhone buatan Apple, memungkinkan aplikasi diunduh. Tapi para pengguna dibawah kekuasaan Apple karena perusahaan yang dipimpin Steve Jobs ini yang memilih mana aplikasi yang tersedia dan mana yang tidak.

Ini berbeda dengan Android. Karena kode datanya dipublikasikan, siapapun yang berminat bisa membuat aplikasi–mungkin game, mungkin berita, atau mungkin aplikasi chat–untuk dipasang diponsel itu.

Di Amerika Serikat, G1 yang dibuat oleh pabrik Taiwan HTC itu dilepas dengan harga US$ 179,99 (Rp 1,7 juta) dengan kontrak dua tahun.

Saat diluncurkan, aplikasi dari Android yang tersedia kurang dari 100. Tapi tunggulah, biasanya dengan cepat aplikasi akan bertambah. Selain itu, mengunduh dan memasang di G1 lebih gampang daripada memasang di iPhone.

Salah satu aplikasi yang paling keren di Amerika Serikat adalah pembaca barcode. Jika Anda masuk toko yang tertarik dengan televisi, misalnya, Anda bisa memotret barcode itu dengan kamera di G1.

G1 kemudian akan mengolah barcode yang dipotret dan langsung membandingkan dengan harga serta ada tidaknya di toko sebelah.

Sejumlah aplikasi yang dimiliki Google, seperti Google Maps, juga sangat bagus digunakan di G1. Di Amerika Serikat, aplikasi ini bahkan menyertakan Street View. Semisal Anda tersesat dan melihat peta di Google Maps, Anda bisa melihat foto jalan itu jadi mengurangi peluang tersesat.

G1 juga memiliki mesin penjelajah Internet. Hanya saja, para pengguna iPhone atau iPod Touch mungkin akan lebih nyaman karena untuk memperbesar atau memperkecil layar Internet tinggal geser jempol di layar.

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Google G1 is the first mobile phone that runs on Google’s Android open source mobile operating system. Developed by HTC, the maker of the popular HTC Touch phones (such as HTC Touch HD), the Google G1 represents Google’s first try to penetrate mobile phone industry. The G1 phone is equipped with a big touchscreen, just like iPhone, but doesn’t have multi-touch technology that iPhone has. The phone is integrated tightly with Google’s web services, including GMail, Google Search, Google Docs, and Google Maps. Unlike iPhone, the Google G1 has a full QWERTY keyboard that user could slide in and out. Although the G1 phone supports slower data network connectivity, it is optimized for high-speed 3G network.    




Features and Specifications

Hardware Specifications

Network     GSM 850 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz

Data Network     GPRS / EDGE / UMTS 850 MHz / UMTS 2100 MHz / HSDPA 1.8 Mbit/s / HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s / HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s / HSUPA

3G Network     Yes

Design     Candybar

Smartphone     Yes

Operating System     Android OS

Processor     Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz

RAM     192 MB

ROM     256 MB

Internal Memory     1 GB

Weight     5.57 oz / 157.9 g

Dimension     4.6″ x 2.16″ x 0.62″

11.68 cm x 5.49 cm x 1.57 cm

Internal Display Screen     3.2-inch Color TFT LCD Touchscreen (320 x 480 pixels)

Touchscreen     Yes

External Display Screen     No

Battery Type     Lithium Ion 1150 mAh

Battery Life     Talk: 6.8 hours

Standby: 402 hours (16.75 days)

QWERTY Keyboard     Yes

Predictive Text Input     Yes. T9

Speakerphone     Yes

Expandable Memory Slot     Yes. microSD

GPS System / GPS Navigation     Yes. Google Maps Street View

Email, Messaging, and Office Functionalities

Email     Yes. Supports POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP / GMail

SMS     Yes

EMS     Yes

MMS     Yes

Internet Browsing / WAP     Yes. Full Internet Browser

Instant Messenger     Yes

Microsoft Office Mobile     No

Software and Games

Games     Yes

JAVA     Yes

PIM     Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, TO-DO, Notes

Phone Book

Multiple Numbers Per Contact     Yes

Picture ID     Yes

Ring ID     Yes

Digital Camera


How good is the camera take pictures? Upload and share your pictures at Google G1 Users Group

Mega Pixel     3.2

Zoom     Yes

Fixed Focus     Yes

Music and Audio

MP3 Music Player     Yes

Playlist     Yes

Shuffle     Yes

Voice Memo & Voice Mail     Yes

FM Radio     No

Video and Camcorder

Video Player     Yes

Video Recorder     Yes

Video Stabilizer     No

Video Light     No

Streaming Video     Yes. Plus, dedicated YouTube client.


Bluetooth     Yes

Bluetooth Stereo Headset (A2DP)     Yes

Infrared     No

Wi-Fi (WLAN)     Yes. Supports 802.11b / 802.11g

USB     Yes

TV Output     No

Computer Synchronization     Yes



Free applications available from Android Market


Google G1 phone

Our readers can get their Daily Telegraph fix on their G1 handset with our news application

Barcode Scanner: Scans and recognises the barcode of any product to help users find the cheapest place to buy it

ShopSavvy: Compares prices online and on the high street

CompareEverywhere: Scans barcodes and gives directions to local stores selling that item using Google maps to navigate


Mandelbrot Map: Map viewer

Krystle II: Turns your phone into a virtual pet

Pocket Seismograph: Monitors the phone’s motion-sensitive accelerometer

Translate: Translation tool

Pro Football Live!: Football news and the latest scores

BreadCrumbz: Navigation tool that allows users to overlay maps with photos and voice notes about local landmarks or amenities

E-ventr: Event organiser and friend finder iMap

Weather: The latest weather forecasts on your phone

Ecorio: Track and reduce your carbon footprint

Cocktail!: Learn how to mix the perfect Martini or Cosmopolitan Cooking

Capsules Taster: Cooking guide and recipe book

Wikitude/AR Travel: Mobile travel guide Global weather forecasts


Shazam: Identify songs and buy the track

PicSay: Personalise your pictures with text

Panoramio: Finds pictures of interesting places in your area

TuneWiki: Next-generation social media player

BlueBrush: Draw with your friends by sharing the same canvas

Video Player: Plays video files stored on the G1’s SD memory card

Photostream: Photo browser for Flickr

Ringdroid: Create ringtones for your phone

SplashPlay: Music application


QuickList: Create to-do lists

WikiMobile Encyclopedia: Wikipedia for mobile devices

Maverick: Instant-messaging program for your phone


Radar: Draw a bearing between the user’s current location and latitude/longitude

Task Switcher: Flick quickly between applications

Spare Parts: Tool for Android software developers Text-To-Speech

Translator: Translates words into speech

Any Cut: Create your own shortcuts for your favourite applications

Locale: Manage your phone settings based on your location

Contacts De-Duper: De-duplicate your contacts to streamline your contacts folder

Shutter Speed: Detailed camera settings to make the most of the G1’s in-built three-megapixel camera and web access

DiskUsage: Manage the data stored on your phone

Rings Extended: Replaces standard ringtones with jazzier tunes

Games & Puzzles


Metamath Solitaire


Anagrams v0.2

Slide Puzzle

Divide and Conquer!

CB Blackjack

Bubble Bash


Balls 2 The Wall


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