T-Mobile has just announced its latest Android phone, the myTouch 3G Slide, which comes with a bunch of exclusive features designed to keep users connected to their favorite contacts.
The new phone is an update to the service provider's myTouch 3G handset, which was the second Android phone ever (behind the G1). Unlike its predecessor, though, the Slide actually has a full physical Qwerty keypad. Per its namesake, it slides out of the candy bar style device.
The most boldly-named feature of the phone is the "Genius Button," a special button on the front of the handset that initializes a voice recognition input. From there, users can speak into the phone to initiate a call, send a text, or even search the Web. Users can also command the phone to read text message aloud, all without needing to interact with the phone's menu system at all.
In addition to that, the Slide has software called the "Faves Gallery," which lets users select up to 20 contacts that will be added to a special "faves" part of the device. A "notification" pane on the menu interface will then stream live updates about those contacts, like their latest Facebook posts or Twitter updates.
Developed by HTC, the Slide has a 3.4-inch HVGA touchscreen, it ticks in at less than 15 millimeters thick, and a pre-installed 8 GB microSD card. While it is an Android phone, T-Mobile has customized the home screen to give it a bit more character than the standard, blank Android interface.
The myTouch 3G Slide is set to launch in the US some time next month.