LG Announces New Android Phone

LG GW620LG is set to release its first Android powered phone, the LG GW620. While the full specs aren’t known just yet, the phone is rumoured to feature a 3″ touch sensitive screen and slide out QWERTY pad. The GW620 will have an emphasis on internet services such as social networking, email and Google services and be aimed at ‘young professionals’. The phone will also purportedly have a 5 megapixel camera and possibly LG’s S-Class UI on top of the Google system.

The GW620 was revealed earlier this month at IFA in Germany under the name ‘Etna’. While the phone looks very much the same as it did then LG has apparently decided to drop the name. Although there is no news on the pricing just yet LG has announced that the GW620 will be released in Q4 across Europe before going on sale in the rest of the world. The release of the GW620 will see it up against the Motorola DEXT, also known as the Cliq, as well as a range of Android phones from HTC. While HTC has been churning out quite a few Android phones such as the HTC Magic, the DEXT and the GW620 will be the first Google phones released by their prospective developers. Next is line is Sony Ericsson who will be dipping their toes into the world of Android with the Xperia X3.

LG is a phone manufacturer that has traditionally opted for Windows Mobile and they have stated that the GW620 will not necessarily change this. With 13 WinMo smartphones in development for the coming 12 months LG has 3 Windows Mobile devices which it plans to unveil in the next few weeks. At the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009 back in February, LG stated that they are committed to making Windows Mobile the primary OS for their smartphones.

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