Samsung has confirmed that the Samsung I7500 mobile phone – the company’s debut Google Android-based phone – will launch in Europe this June.
The Android platform was first introduced on the HTC-manufactured Google Phone, known as the G1, last autumn. The Android platform is the phone’s operating system and supports applications that can be downloaded from the Android marketplace.
HTC Magic will launch in the UK in May
The G1, available exclusively from T-Mobile, is the only mobile phone available in the UK that supports the Android operating system. HTC will soon launch the HTC Magic in the UK in May, and which is currently only available exclusively on Vodafone contracts in Spain, and this will be followed by the Samsung I7500.
The Samsung I7500 will feature a 3.2-inch screen, a 5Mp camera, and a host of pre-installed applications: such as a YouTube application, a Gmail application, and an audio and video player. Other applications can be downloaded from the Android marketplace.
Samsung I7500 specifications
The I7500 supports Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS, which is linked to the Google Map service, and features Street View. The I7500 can be connected to other devices via Bluetooth and microUSB, and the internal memory measures 8GB, and can be supplemented further by a microSD card measuring up to 32GB. The device boasts a 3.5mm jack, meaning that owners will be able to use their favourite headphones.
Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘The first Android phone to be launched, the G1, was a decent mobile, but it didn’t quite make the Best Buy grade. We will be very keen to see how well Samsung can exploit the potential of the open source Android platform.’
Mobile phone reviews
Samsung has yet to confirm the price of the I7500 and which mobile phone operators the handset will be available from.
A full review of the Google phone can be found in our mobile phone report.
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