Samsung Announces a new Google Android powered phone

samsung-google-phoneSamsung announced a new Google Android powered phone. All Android phones can not have multi-touch gesture controls like pinch-zooming web pages,maps, and photos. According to the press release, here are the detailed specs of the new Samsung I7500 phone:

  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
  • EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
  • OS Android
  • 3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
  • Camera 5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
  • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
  • Full Web Browser with Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
  • Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
  • Internal memory: 8GB
  • External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • Dimensions: 115 x 56 x 11.9mm

The new phone will be available in Europe in June 2009. It seems that T-Mobile will be the carrier in the US. Recently T-Mobile claimed that a million people bought the G1 Google phone. This is in line with Google’s vision to get as many people using the Mobile web using their apps and clicking on their ads. Unfortunately, even this new Samsung is still not good enough for me to get it. I’m using the BlackBerry Curve with T-Mobile and I’m happy with it but its no iPhone. I do have an iPod Touch and loving it. I think by the end of the year, Android should be able to catch up with the iPhone and then it would be a worthy upgrade for me. If by the end of the year, Android is not as good as the iPhone or even better, I will probably switch to AT&T or the Palm Pre. Palm announced a new touch screen phone called the Pre that will be carried by Sprint. The Pre has a sliding full keyboard and seamless integration features with all online apps. It has the ability to run apps in the background features just like the desktop which is not there in the iPhone.

I attached the CES2009 video of Palm Pre:

Here is the layout of Mobile Smart Phones with the carriers in the market:

Apple + AT&T

Palm + Sprint

Google + T-Mobile

BlackBerry + Verizon

Microsoft has not done anything to combat the iPhone. When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone a while back, Steve Ballmer laughed at it (video below). Who is laughing now?