Vodafone reveals plans for 'Magic' Android phone

Summary:The mobile operator has announced plans for the world's second phone based on Google's software platform, which will be made by HTC

The G1 is about to lose its crown as the only Android device on the market.

Vodafone announced on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona that it plans to bring out the second smartphone based on the Google platform later this year. The device — made by HTC, the company behind the G1 — will be called Magic.

Vodafone users in France, Germany, Spain and the UK will be able to get their hands on the device from this spring, according to the operator, with the Magic expected to hit other markets in the next few months.

Vodafone will be the only network to carry the Magic in the UK. The device will hit UK shops from April.

The Magic will sport a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.2MP camera, GPS and a trackball for navigation; feature all the usual application suspects, including YouTube, Google Maps and Google Talk; and come in black or white.

The announcement follows T-Mobile's own operator-exclusive deal to sell the G1 in the UK last year. An Australian company, Kogan, has also made another Android device, the Agora, but its release has been delayed and the handset has yet to reach the market.

HTC Magic

 
The HTC Magic features a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen and trackball navigator, but doesn't have a slide-out Qwerty keyboard like the T-Mobile G1
 

Topics: Hardware

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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