While you’ll have to wait to actually get your hands on this handset, T-Mobile USA made it official today, announcing that the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be available for pre-orders beginning on July 8 for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. The handset, which is the follow-up to the HTC produced G1, will be arrive in early August.
This Google Android powered device will, as rumors suggested, include a virtual keyboard built into the slim casing. The interface will allow users to customize the menus, place wallpapers and icons, and choose from various themes and skins from the Android Market. This handset, which clearly is meant for use for both work and play, will be available in three colors, including black, white and merlot.
The myTouch 3G was designed by HTC and features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display with a virtual keyboard. This can automatically orient to either portrait or landscape view with most applications.
- 3.2-megapixel digital camera
- Music Player with a pre-installed 4GB microSD card
- Enhanced video capabilities for sharing of pictures and video, plus one-click upload to Picasa and YouTube
- Web support for Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s 3G network
- Google Search, Google Maps with Street View
- Google contacts and calenders
New apps designed for the handset include Sherpa, which features GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that adapts to the user’s specific preferences. It can determine a person’s likes and dislikes and can be used when recommending shops, restaurants and other attractions. Other apps include those for fitness, entertainment and productivity. I’ll be sure to watch the apps as these are released, so be sure to check back every Friday for my normal app round-ups.
AT&T Rolls Out Full-Length TV to Mobile Customers
Some would say there is nothing good on TV over the summer, but despite that fact there are now even more ways to catch up on the shows you might have missed. The shift to digital TV has opened up the spectrum, which means TV coverage is going to mobile devices.
AT&T Mobile TV has expanded to 20 new markets from around the country. These new markets were enabled thanks to the June 12 transition to digital TV, and AT&T Mobile now runs on a multicast network maintained by FLO TV Inc., a Qualcomm company.
The new markets for AT&T Mobile TV include Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Sacramento and San Francisco, as well as other cities in California, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina and the Northeast. This brings the service to a total of more than 80 markets. The subscription service provides access to full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from 12 leading brands, including CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, Fox News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go and Nickelodeon. There is also exclusive content for AT&T customers from CNN Mobile and Sony Crackle, plus bonus channels for sporting events and concerts. Unlimited access to AT&T Mobile TV is available for $15 per month, or as part of a bundle with an unlimited data plan for $30 per month.