Apr 27 AT 11:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

LG Android Phone Preview

The Open Handset Alliance has many handset manufacturers as members, but only HTC has released an Android device to date.  Thankfully, that is set to change in the second half of 2009 as we see Samsung, Lenovo, and Huawei with devices on the way.  One manufacturer we have heard little from is LG.  They are the world’s third biggest maker of mobile phones and number two for televisions.

Last week, LG accidentally leaked pictures of their new Viewty Smart (GC 900) phone on their German blog.  The phone is an upgrade to the original Viewty and we think it would be a perfect fit for Android.  Notable features of the original Viewty included a Schneider lens and was capable of capturing video at 120 frames a second.  Updated features of the new phone include:

  • 12.4mm thickness
  • Weight of only 90g
  • 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash
  • 32GB storage space
  • Video recording at up to 720×480 pixels resolution
  • 3in touch screen WVGA display
  • GPS, WiFi, HSDPA connectivity

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The leaked images include an Orange carrier logo who is rumored to be releasing multiple Android handsets in 2009.  Right now, it looks like the phone will be released to the UK in June so it is unlikely that Android would be used.  However, we could see a refreshed device on another carrier later this year.  The Viewty Smart supports HSDPA connectivity which is also used around the world by OHA carriers T-Mobile, Vodafone, and NTT DoCoMo.

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Check out this video of the original Viewty to learn more about the features included.

I really wish the G1 had a better camera and the Viewty gives me hope for my next phone purchase.  If LG ever releases an Android phone in the US, I think Sprint would be the most likely carrier.  AT&T and Verizon both have exclusive LG phones, but I doubt we will see any Android devices from them soon.

Has anyone out there owned a newer LG phone and been happy with it?  I had one of their sliders with Sprint, but I cracked the screen before I used it much.  I would really like to see LG release an Android device because they make so many other quality consumer electronics.  My washer and dryer are LG brand and I can imagine how cool it would be to check the status of a load from my phone.

LG, where are the Android announcements?

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  • http://www.blackphoebe.com/msjen Ms. Jen

    This sounds like a great phone if it came in an unlocked sim version (get thee away from me, Sprint&Verizon!) for North America…

    ;o)

  • G

    Completely inaccurate headline. This is not an Android phone. Now people are linking to this saying it is. You should update this to be clearer and change the headline.

  • prmd142

    This would be a fantastic phone if it indeed runs on android….

    and by the way, it is Vodafone… NOT Vodaphone

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Thanks for the correction. Fixed.

  • Gammax

    I never really understood the whole super cam phone thing…. I have a great cam with IS… I have tremers so I shake lot. untill these phones Have IS, I dont care!

    • http://Website santhosh

      can you tell me, which is the best android phone in samsung or lg at low cost

  • danny

    i have been waitin to c if verizon will soon release android phones. wouldnt it ve amazin if they tweaked the Omnia HD to andriod O.S. currently runnin on symbian. hmmm wishful thinkin.

  • http://www.lencoo.com ben

    don’t waitting a phone to release , LG , HTC ….etc release new phone the price must be not cheap ,
    to manufacture a google android phone in China very easy ,a small company more than 300,000$ money can invest a new android phone ,
    you can see , some guys copied HTC android phone
    http://www.lencoo.com/g1dream-28-touchscreen-quadband-phone-w-edge-fm-google-android_p992.html

    and now , i find more than 3 phones manufactured in china small companies , they do nice job :
    http://www.lencoo.com/p3470-htccool-p600-624mhz-cpuwifiwm61google-android-dual-operating-systemgps-navigationedge_p443.html

  • http://Website santhosh

    have to improve your android market………….!