O2 unveils new Android Galaxy Spica device

16 Nov 2009

O2 has begun selling a new Android device from Samsung – the Galaxy Spica – exclusively in Ireland from 17 November. The device is priced €99 for contract customers and €299 on Prepay.

The new Android device will be available to purchase online from www.o2.ie as well as O2 outlets nationwide plus Carphone Warehouse stores.

The Samsung Galaxy Spica, or i5700, is Samsung’s first device in Ireland powered by Android, the new mobile operating system originally developed by Google.

“O2 has become the home of smart phones in Ireland and we are delighted to be launching our first Android-powered phone with Samsung,” said Tony Hanway, consumer sales director at Telefónica O2 Ireland.

“The Samsung Galaxy Spica offers a great user experience alongside a fantastic range of apps.”

What’s on offer

As well as access to a range of ever-expanding applications being developed for the Android operating system, the internet really comes to life through the Samsung Galaxy Spica’s 3.2-inch screen. Users can watch great quality videos from You Tube, Sky Sports live or download the latest chart hits using the O2 Mobile internet application, surf the web with the super-fast Chrome-Lite browser or view pictures taken with its 3.2 mega-pixel camera.

“The Samsung Galaxy Spica is one of the most innovative and high-quality Android-powered devices on the market,” explained Gary Twohig, country manager for Samsung Mobile in Ireland.

“We’ve built in all the features people have come to expect from high-end Samsung devices, like the fast processing power, to provide a great user experience.”

The Samsung Galaxy Spica also has an O2 Web Launcher on the home screen so users can access all O2 content, including Wallpapers, Music and O2TV.

By John Kennedy

Photo: The Samsung Galaxy Spica.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years