Samsung Android phone first to call on Middle East
Full touchscreen Samsung I7500 smartphone offers access to range of Google mobile services
The first Android-based mobile phone to make its way to the Middle East is the Samsung I7500, which is now available in stores across the region for AED 2,299.
Google’s free and fully-customisable Android platform for mobile devices was announced in late 2007 and developed through the Open Handset Alliance that comprises of leading technology and wireless companies such as HTC, T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Google.
While a number of cellphones, such as the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, have already been made available in the United States and other regions since then, the Samsung I7500 is the first Android phone to reach the Middle East.
“We are pleased to announce that the Samsung I7500 is available in the market. With the launch of I7500, Samsung sets its leading position in the Android, the industry’s emerging operating system,” stated Sandeep Saihgal, general manager of mobile phones at Samsung Gulf Electronics.
The I7500 smartphone features a full 3.2” touchscreen, WiFi connectivity and a 5 megapixel camera. It’s the Google extras that give this phone an edge though, with users now having access to Google Search, Gmail, Calendar and Google Talk.
Hundreds of other free and paid applications are also available for download through the Android Market.