Alcatel launches first Google OS phone

Former Lucent/Bell labs partner Alcatel had brought out its first Android powered handset, the OT-980 and under £100.

Alcatel's latest phone tips up running the older Android ‘Éclair' 2.1 and is one of the first slider Google OS handsets to hit the UK market, along with a touch screen.

It's been reported there are plans for the OT-980 to be upgraded to Android 'Froyo' 2.2, although when this might happen hasn't been confirmed as yet by the company.

OT-980 arrives with a 2.8-inch TFT touch screen, a 2 megapixel camera and a full Qwerty keyboard that's reminiscent of the Palm Pixi or even the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

There's no overlay to the Alcatel Android handset, but there's access to the regular Android Market with the likes of Twitter, Bedo and Facebook social networking features for use with the keyboard.

This isn't the first well known company to be entering the Android market place late in the game, as recently Huawei launched their first mobile running the Google OS called Ideos.

Alcatel also hit the headlines recently with a BlackBerry Bold clone with a cost of £44, where the BlackBerry Torch looking OT-980 goes on sale for £99.95 on pay as you go deals with Carphone Warehouse from October onwards.

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