Google has high expectations for Android in 2009 as it looks for the open source OS to grab a larger portion of the smartphone market. The open source OS started slowly, but is now picking up steam in the market.
T-Mobile's HTC-sourced million-selling G1 smartphone was the first Android device to hit the market, but it is no longer alone. Samsung has officially announced its new Android-powered I7500 handset. The phone features a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 320 x 480. The I7900 supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps networks on 900/1700/2100MHz frequencies.
The device also supports EDGE and GPRS networks on 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz. That means that it could support the AT&T network here in America. However, Samsung makes no mentions of the device coming to the U.S. at this point with the launch date set for June in Europe only.
Samsung Executive Vice President JK Shin said in a statement, "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 consumers."
Samsung says that the I7500 offers the full suite of Google services including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. The device also has internal GPS allowing location-based features of the Google services to be utilized.
Other features of the device include a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a Power LED that can record video and take still pictures. The phone supports video and audio formats including MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA. Internal memory is 8GB and the phone has a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 32GB. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery with 1,500 mAh of power. Overall measurements for the I7500 are 115 x 56 x 11.9mm.