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Second Googlephone planned by Vodafone

Vodafone is poised to launch another smartphone running on the Android platform later this year, an announcement at the world’s leading mobile phone expo has confirmed.

The company unveiled its plan for second phone using Google’s operating system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A statement from a spokesman added that the successor to the G1 phone will be called Magic and that consumers in Germany, France, Spain and the UK will be able to buy it from spring.

Features of the Magic handset include a 3.2 inch touchscreen, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera and the facility to download applications such as YouTube, Google Talk and Google Maps.

However, a notable difference from the G1 phone is the absence of a Qwerty keyboard.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone's global director of terminals, said: "Delivering an unbeatable mobile internet experience for our customers is a priority for Vodafone, so we are very excited to be introducing our first Android-powered smartphone in the spring."

Vodafone will have exclusive rights to the phone in the UK for a limited period only.

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