LG Demos Mysterious Android Smartphone

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LG has given the world a glimpse of its first Android-based smartphone. Details on this model — code named the LG Etna — are still somewhat sketchy, however.

The device was on display in the Vodafone booth at the IFA Trade Fair in Germany last week.

LG Etna

It will apparently run a standard version of Google’s Android, without a custom user interface.

In design, the Etna will be a slider, with a 3-inch touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.

This smartphone will also have a 5 megapixel camera and Bluetooth.

Is This the LG GW620?
It’s no surprise that LG appears close to releasing a smartphone running Google’s operating system — this summer, it committed to launching three Android-based devices by the end of the year.

The company didn’t reveal any details on these at that time, but a brief description of one turned up on LG’s own site — and it matches the Etna in almost every respect.

So it’s possible the official name for this model will be the GW620.

Coming Soon?
Aside from LG’s promise to introduce multiple smartphones running Android by the end of 2009, it’s not known exactly when Vodafone will launch the Etna/GW620.

Whether it will be released by more carriers in other parts of the world is equally unknown.

Source: Chip Online

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