T-Mobile UK has announced details of the first 50 applications available for free download from Android Market when the G1 device launches in the country on 30 October. In a statement, the operator says the initial shortlist – which is expected to grow to thousands – promises to “do everything from teaching you to play the guitar, mix the perfect cocktail and even measure the earth’s movements.” It adds that “the initial 50 free applications are designed to show the potential of the Android market. The price of future applications will be set by application developers.”
T-Mobile UK’s announcement follows reports claiming that this week’s launch of the G1 in the US – via T-Mobile USA – came with only 28 applications available from Android Market, as Google removed some for technical reasons. Google has previously described Android Market as a user-driven content distribution system that will help users find, purchase, download and install various types of content onto Android-powered devices. It is regarded as a competitor to Apple’s App Store.