Samsung next with Android phone


Samsung has become the next manufacturer to enter the Android platform arena after it unveiled the I7500.

The smartphone offers users access to the full suite of Google services,including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk and YouTube. The integrated GPS receiver enables the use of Google Maps features, such as My Location, Google Latitude, Street View, local search and detailed route description.

It comes with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 7.2Mbps HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other features include a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and internal memory of 8GB, which can be expanded by a further 32GB with a microSD card.

The I7500 follows the T-Mobile G1 and the upcoming HTC Magic as the third Android-based phone.

Samsung Electronics executive vice president and head of mobile communication division JK Shin said: “Samsung is among the earliest members of the Open Handset Alliance and has been actively moving forward to introduce the most innovative Android mobile phone.

“With Samsung’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our consistent strategy to support every existing operating system, I believe that Samsung provides the better choices and benefits to our customers.”

The Samsung I7500 will be available in the UK in Q3.