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T-Mobile finally retires world's first Android phone

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue July 27, 2010

T-Mobile G1 leaves after nearly two years

T-Mobile today quietly retired the world's first shipping Android phone, the G1. The HTC-made device is no longer listed on T-Mobile's site and isn't available to buy either online or in new retail boxes. It's believed the myTouch 3G Slide is considered its practical replacement.

The QWERTY slider was unveiled in October 2008 as the flagship for Android and had many of the same platform features as later Android phones like the Hero. Its age primarily became apparent this year when some apps and Android versions would no longer run on its limited memory and processor.

As of today, the oldest surviving Android phone on T-Mobile and in most places is the myTouch 3G, which arrived in the spring of last year.

Android has grown dramatically since the G1 first appeared and now has overtaken all smartphones but Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry in the US. Just last month, its sales quadrupled in the UK and made it a significant contender in a frequently more hostile European climate. [via AndroidGuys]

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