First Samsung Android phone in June; two US devices later in 2009

April 3, 2009
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The Samsung Android smartphone spotted last month could arrive sooner than expected, with the first Google OS handset from the company now shipping in June.  According to Dr Won-Pyo Hong, executive VP of global product strategy for Samsung's mobile division, the plan is to release their preliminary Android device - outside of the US - in June, as opposed to the original July estimate.

Hong also confirmed that the Samsung Android devices would be significantly customized with the company's own spin on the OS, together with the preferences of the European carriers.  Samsung categorize this as the distinction between phones that use Android and "Google Experience" devices, the latter of which are heavily loaded with Google apps.

Later in the year, US customers will have two Samsung Android smartphones to choose from, each "totally different" to the other according to Hong.  That's down to US operator preference; the expectation is that one device will go to Sprint and the other to T-Mobile USA.


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