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Android handset from Samsung sighted

Details of the first Android-powered handset from Samsung have emerged online, making the Korean electronics giant the second company to release a phone which employs Google’s operating system.

The candy bar Samsung handset features the same impressively large touchscreen display seen on the first two Google handsets and a 528 MHz processor.

It also houses a slot for a microSD card for expanding its memory, a comprehensive range of e-mail functions and is HSDPA compatible for fast downloads.

Samsung’s entry into the Android phone market comes in the wake of the previous phones to use the system from HTC, namely the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic.

The scope that Google phones and rivals such as the iPhone offer owners to download apps and customise their phones is being seen by many as a seismic change in the handset market.

This is because they allow users to determine their handset’s functionality themselves rather than this being limited by the specifications of the mobile phone itself.

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