Samsung I7500 Smartphone Offers Google Android
Samsung announced that its I7500, a new smartphone running the Google
Android operating system, will be available in Europe
Following the T-Mobile G1 phone, new devices-including netbooks, a home phone and a tablet PC-running the open operating system have been widely anticipated.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently remarked, "It looks like Android is going to have a very, very strong year."
The Samsung I7500 features a 3.2-inch AMOLED full touch-screen. (The Samsung Impression was the first device in the United States to feature AMOLED, or active-matrix organic light-emitting diode, technology, which makes for a particularly bright and clear display.)
The Samsung quad-band I7500 has radios to support 7.2M-bps/HSUPA 5.76M-bps (900/1,700/2,100MHz) and EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1,800/1,900). Phone Scoop reports that T-Mobile's U.S. 3G network will support it.
Connectivity additionally comes via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and users have access to Google Mobile services such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar and GoogleTalk.
An integrated GPS receiver offers more comprehensive use of Google Maps features, including My Location, Street View and route directions.
Through Android Market, Google's application store, hundreds of additional applications are available. The I7500 additional includes a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 8GB of internal memory, and a MicroSD slot for an additional 32GB.
The smartphone measures 4.5 inches by 2.2 inches and is 0.46 inches thick. Pricing information has not yet been released.