CES 2008: GSM/WiFi Phone Running Google’s Phone OS called Android

GSM/WiFi Phone Running Google’s Phone OS called AndroidWistron NeWeb Corp, a Taiwanese company, was selected as a CES Innovations 2008 Award Honoree for their Wireless Handset technology. Offering a full set of applications for creating and editing documents, email (via pull protocols only), PIM, PC sync and web browsing over GSM as well as WiFi and Bluetooth.

Using Google’s Android and offering built-in 128 MB high capacity memory and a memory card slot supporting up to 2GB for greater storage space, the device has a standard Qwerty Keyboard and features a large 2.5” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT-LCD Display with 262K Colors Touch Screen. The device has software that allows you to take still photos and MPEG4, H.263, and WMA video record and play with the built-in 2M pixels (1600 x 1200) Camera and plays MP3s for music support as well as having voice recording and playback capability.

Wistron NeWeb Corp GSM/WiFi Phone with Google MapsThe phone won’t be available anytime soon in the US (they couldn’t give us an estimate). From the demo unit the Geeks played with, we thought the unit was nice but that there could be a little additional work. For instance, even though the device had a touch screen, the Google map application would not allow you to scroll the map. Also, the device seemed a bit unresponsive and slow when pushing the various buttons.