When you hear the name iPhone, what comes to your mind? For most people that would be Apple, App Store, iTunes or iOS software, which all guesses are very correct. But this may change in the near future. Brazilian manufacturer, IGB Electronica SA, is planning to launch the first Android-powered IPHONE smartphone. The company had applied for exclusive rights for the IPHONE trademark in 2000, and secured them in 2008 for 10 years, meaning we could be seeing IPHONES with Android OS for the next 6 years.
It seems that a lawsuit is hanging in the air, but so far Apple has not commented on IGB Electronica’s announcement. This whole situation bears a striking resemblance to what happened in China with Proview over the iPad trademark and in Mexico, where Apple failed to stop sales of iFone.
The first Android IPHONE will be called Neo One and will be an entry-level device. It will come with a 3.7-inch touch screen with not too impressive 480 x 320 display, 2 GB of storage, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, 3G high speed data, and dual-SIM support. The operating system leaves a lot to be desired – the handset will ship running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, which is old to put it mildly. The Neo One will sell for 599 Brazilian real, which is around $287.
more info: Gradiente