Airtel, HTC introduce Android-powered smartphone

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel on Tuesday joined hands with Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation to launch India’s first ‘Android’-powered mobile phone — HTC Magic. Google’s Android is an open-source platform running on the Linux operating system, which will provide users with a broad spectrum of mobile applications and services.

Launching the new handset, Bharti Airtel’s Chief Marketing Officer (Mobile Services) Raghunath Mandava said: “The HTC Magic presents a powerful mobile internet and multimedia experience that would drive the uptake of accessing the internet over mobile among Airtel users”.

Free data download

According to HTC Asia Vice-President Jack Tong, “The HTC Magic opens up a whole new world of possibilities for people to enrich and customise their mobile phone. HTC has always been known for its industry firsts and technology advancements, and is thus a natural partner to Airtel”.

HTC Magic is priced at Rs. 29,900.

For Airtel customers, HTC Magic also allows free data download of 100 MB a month for six months.