LG launches Android budget ‘Froyo’ handset

LG OPTIMUS One_03 Optimus numero uno

Consumer electronics giant Lucky Goldstar has just launched its latest handset in the Optimus range, which is also their third ever Google OS powered mobile – the Optimus One.

The latest LG Android phone arrives running version 2.2 of the platform, with a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, a 600Mhz chipset and the regular additions of Froyo along with some LG customisation to the OS.

There has been some minor reworking of the UI on the budget Optimus One by LG, with tweaks and additions seen around easy access to various settings and the inclusion of some applications.

These additions are in the realm of an LG overlay to Google Maps, for easy access to the sat nav functions whilst driving, the LG App Advisor for the recommendation of applications and a menu divider to highlight downloaded software.

One Mobile Ring learnt at the launch event the handset won’t be able to display Flash video content natively, due to the Optimus One’s limited resolution or will be upgradable to upcoming versions of Android – as a result of their minimum set of specifications.

LG’s Optimus One is now available on £20 a month tariffs from Carphone Warehouse, Orange, T-Mobile and Three, where those mobile phone networks are bundling in a car cradle for the handset. The phone will also be available in due course SIM free and unlocked, at a cost of around £160 – which has been exclusively confirmed to One Mobile Ring.

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