Another Google Android phone is joining the “Android Army”. Again, it’s from Korean manufacturer Samsung. Samsung introduced its Galaxy Spica (I5700) smartphone. The Galaxy Spica is an update to Samsung’s Galaxy (I7500) smartphone. The Galaxy Spica is headed for Europe first, but could be launched in the U.S. soon.
The Galaxy Spica features solid specs, definitely much better than its predecessor. It comes in with a 3.2-inch (320 by 480 pixel) capacitive touch screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, along with a speedy 800MHz processor. Style wasn’t forgotten on the Galaxy Spica. With its slim 0.51-inch design, the phone looks sleek and stylish. The Spica also came in with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and can accommodate up to 32GB of data via the built-in microSD card slot. The storage should also come in handy, as the powerful processor in the Galaxy Spica helps it to be the first Android phone to support DivX format movies.
One of the Galaxy Spica’s negative, however, is that it didn’t come with Google Android’s latest OS. Unlike the Motorola Droid which used Android 2.0, the Galaxy Spica came in with Android 1.5 codename Cupcake. Although the phone features Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS, the Google turn-by-turn navigation software found on the Motorola Droid will not be available at the beginning on the Galaxy Spica.
We can definitely say that Samsung is totally committed to a mult-OS approach to smartphones. What I am waiting for, however, is the release of its Bada-based smartphones. Bada, of course, is Samsung’s proprietary mobile Operating System announced just a few days ago. Bada is a software layer on top of Samsung’s proprietary OS, which will allow for app development. Samsung says phones featuring the Bada OS and adjacent app store should be on the market early next year.