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Updated: March 29, 2010 15:38 IST

LG, Motorola launch Android-powered phones

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Screengrab from the LG Website showing the Android-powered LG GW620, which was launched in India on Monday.
Screengrab from the LG Website showing the Android-powered LG GW620, which was launched in India on Monday.

Google’s mobile operating system Android is catching up with major handset makers with LG Mobiles and Motorola on Monday announcing the launch of Android phones in the Indian market.

While LG’s LG GW620 is priced at Rs. 16,490, Motorola’s smartphone Milestone would be available at Rs. 32,990 based on Android systems.

Android is a mobile operating system, initially developed by Google and later by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 47 hardware, software and telecom companies.

Being an open-source operating system, Android allows developers to design applications independent of the handset type.

HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have already launched their Android-powered handsets in the Indian market.

LG GW620, with the Android operating system, is equipped with three-inch touch-screen and a side-slider QWERTY keyboard, five-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and high speed EDGE and GPS connectivity.

“LG’s first Android phone, LG GW620, further reiterates our commitment to push boundaries in mobile phone innovation and design. We are sure that with LG’s accumulated technology leadership in mobile phone industry and our strategy to support every existing operating system, LG will provide better choices and benefits to our consumers,” LG Mobile Communications Business Head Sudhin Mathur said in a statement.

Motorola’s Milestone comes pre-loaded with lifetime free access to voice-guided street-level navigable maps of 401 cities in India. The GPS navigation service does not need activation or data charges. It is independent of mobile networks and can be used even without inserting the SIM card.

It has a 3.7-inch widescreen display and a 5 MP camera.

“Milestone is a smartphone and is targeted at the well-informed, ‘socially’ connected individual,” Motorola India Country Head (Mobile Devices) Faisal Siddiqui said.

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