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Vodafone Launches Own Android Powered Handset

Vodafone announced this morning the launch of its fifth Android-based phone, the Vodafone 845, which is an own-branded model based on the Google mobile platform.

The device runs on Android Eclair (v2.1) and is hidden from view by Vodafone's own 360 interface that provides users with a feature called MyWeb where customers can buy albums and music tracks for as little as 49p.

Squarely aimed at the entry level, the Vodafone 845 comes with a resistive 2.8-inch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera without flash and access to Google App marketplace and more than 50,000 apps.

Interestingly, it comes with 500MB of memory as standard (unclear whether it is onboard flash memory or RAM). The 845 offers W-iFi, Bluetooth, 3G/HSDPA connectivity and onboard GPS.

Expect it to go on sale from May 2010 which will mean that it will be the firms only entry level Android phone available. We expect it to go on sale on two year contracts for as little as £20 per month. You can register for updates here.