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LG Unveils Android-Based Ally Smartphone

Korean electronics giant LG has pulled the curtains on its first Android-based smartphone, the Ally, which will unfortunately be available only in the US for a foreseeable future.

Verizon Wireless has snatched the exclusivity on the phone which should be available later this month. It comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a surprisingly high resolution of 480x800 pixels.

In a move that confirms that LG might be looking to entice the same audience as the Motorola Dext, the Ally ships with a slide out QWERTY keyboard with a joypad.

The rest of the configuration firmly places in the mainstream market. It uses a SoC based on the ARM11 architecture and clocked at 600MHz (rather than a Snapdragon Cortex A8-based 1Ghz SoC), has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, a microSD card reader (with a 4GB bundled in).

It does come 802.11n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera with zoom which can also double as a VGA video recorder.

Apart from running on Android and bundling the whole array of Google Apps, the phone also has a LG-customised user interface that includes a "socialite" feature that basically aggregates content a la SE's mediascape from social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook.

LG is betting on a new range of phones to make up for the lack of high end, halo-creating, high margin smartphones based on Android and others to help it maintain its rank as the world's third biggest phone manufacturer.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.