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LG’s Android phone unleashed in Canada

Nov 6, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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LG has launched its first Android phone, a QWERTY slider called the “Eve,” on Rogers Wireless' network in Canada. In other Android news, LG is prepping a second Android phone, this time with a Snapdragon processor, for Korea, and Philips has launched a V808 oPhone handset in China.

Rogers Wireless of Canada has announced the availability of LG's GW620 phone, which was announced in September. The phone is being sold as the LG Eve, and ships with up to 150MB RAM and 2GB flash expandable to up to 16GB via a microSD slot, says Rogers Wireless. The 3-inch, 480 x 320 resistive touchscreen seems small compared to the recent 3.7-inch Android models, but the phone also offers a respectable  five megapixel camera and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.


LG Eve

Supporting GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and HSPA 850/1900Mhz networks, the Eve offers GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth, says Rogers Wireless. Video recording and an accelerometer are also said to be provided, and the battery is touted as offering six hours talk time and 15 days standby.

Like most recent Android smartphones, the Eve is provided with a social networking management application. The LG/Rogers Wireless version is called the Social Network Services Manager, and promises to integrate social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Bebo in a single view.

LG Eve (LG-GW620) in portrait and landscape modes

Other software is said to include Google applications such as Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Latitude, as well as an email client. According to LG's original announcement, the GW620 is also heading for Europe.

LG preps a Snapdragon-based Android phone

According to a story in Slashgear, LG also announced that it will be offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Android smartphone in Q2 2010 aimed at the Korean market. (Acer's recently announced Acer Liquid phone also offers a Snapdragon processor, which can be clocked at up to 1GHz.)

LG was said to have offered no more details except to say the phone would be more "mature" than the Eve, which the site speculated might mean the addition of mobile digital TV technology, which is popular in Korea. Our Korean is none too good, but the Google-translated LG press release, despite a few questionable translations such as "CEO abuse," appears to offer sufficient verification of the details provided by Slashgear.

Philips V808 Androider heading for China

Philips has introduced a low-end smartphone in China running the Android-based oPhone operating system, says Mobile88. The Philips V808 is equipped with a 3.2 inch touchscreen, GPS, Bluetooth, USB, and a three-megapixel camera, says Mobile88, which supplied the photo at right.

The phone is said to offer 30MB of memory, expandable to 8GB using a memory card, and offers the ability to sync via USB or Bluetooth. No WiFi or 3G support is available, but the phone supports GSM 900/1800 networks, says the story.

Earlier this week … 

In yet another busy week for Android phone news, Verizon Wireless shipped two Android phones: the Droid by Motorola and the HTC Hero clone, the Droid Eris. Earlier this week, Sony Ericsson announced its Xperia X10. Also this week, say two eWEEK reports, the Motorola Cliq shipped on T-Mobile, and the Samsung Moment shipped on Sprint.

Availability

The LG Eve is available on Rogers Wireless for $50 (presumably Canadian) with a three-year voice and data agreement, or $400 without a contract. More information may be found here.

The eWEEK story on the Samsung Moment's availability on Sprint should be here, and its story on the Cliq shipment on T-Mobile should be here.

Slashgear's story on LG's upcoming Snapdragon-based Android phone may be found here, and the translated LG press release may be found here.

Mobile88's story on the Philips V808 phone should be here.


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