Samsung adds to Android range


Samsung has announced the Galaxy Portal (i5700), the latest device to be added to its Android portfolio.

The Galaxy Portal is available exclusively through T-Mobile for one month, with the black variant available exclusively through the network for the first three months.

The smartphone launches with content using Layar, which Samsung said is an augmented reality browser that lets people access detailed visual guides to what’s around them by pointing their handset at their surroundings. For example, the Samsung Football Pub Finder shows users which nearby pubs are showing football matches by pointing the phone at them.

The Galaxy Portal supports the full suite of Google services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google Talk. Other features of note include a 3.2-inch screen, DNSe for advanced sound quality and 180MB of internal memory that can be expanded by a further 32GB with a microSD card. A 1GB card comes bundled with the phone.

Samsung UK and Ireland vice president Mark Mitchinson said: “The launch of this stunning device clearly underlines our commitment to smartphone products and forms part of our strategy to deliver a wide range of handsets designed to suit a multitude of users. The Samsung Galaxy Portal gives consumers the benefit of the Android platform – including an extensive range of innovative apps to download, multi-tasking with apps running in parallel and pre-installed Google services – at an affordable price.”

T-Mobile UK head of handset and device marketing Nicola Shenton said: “We were the first network to introduce an Android mobile to the UK back in October 2008, and since then Android-based handsets have been a huge hit with our customers. The addition of the Samsung Galaxy Portal to our Android range means we can now offer all the benefits of Android technology for just £20 a month on a pay monthly contract.”