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Samsung celebrates first Android phone launch

New I7500 smartphone comes with a 3.2” full touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera

South Korea-based Samsung Electronics is the latest mobile phone manufacturer to launch a handset with Google’s Android operating system after HTC.

Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG Electronics are all planning to make Android phones in the near future.

Using the Android platform, Samsung I7500 smartphone users can now have access to a full suite of Google services including Google Search, Gmail and YouTube. The sleek device comes with a 3.2” touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera and WiFi connectivity.

“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,” said JK Shin, executive VP and head of Mobile Communication Division in Samsung Electronics.

“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” he added.

The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries in June, though there’s no word yet on when it will make an entry into the Middle Eastern market.