Samsung Jumps On Android Train

Android fans will be pleased to hear that Samsung will be bringing out a handset that utilises the open-source operating system

Samsung has announced it is joining the android revolution with its I7500 model using the Linux-based operating system

The unit will have a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen (which will also mean it has Cupcake firmware, which will allow for a virtual keyboard), a 5 megapixel camera, a storage capacity of 8G that is expandable to 40GB using a microSD card.

Connectivity is via 3G, GPS, WiFi, HSPA and Bluetooth. The Samsung I7500 measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm and will have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It will have integration with Google Web services, including Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. It comes with Wi-Fi, EDGE, and 3G capabilities that can get up to 7.2-Mbps downlink speed.

Updates can be had from the Android Market website, which is similar to the Blackberry and RIM app stores.

The phone will initially be available in the European market. There has been no news as to when it will be available in Australia.