Google Phone coming to Europe

Is that a rebranded LG Chocolate we see? Not exactly, but it looks pretty darn close. The LG KU-580 is about as close to a Google Phone as we’re going to get for the time being, having been announced and launched by both companies. It features an on board suite of Google-based apps, including GMail, Google Maps, and Google Search. On the hardware side you’ll get a rear facing 2 megapixel camera, complemented by a front facing VGA shooter, HSDPA connectivity, an FM radio, and an MP3 player, all sitting beneath a 2″ widescreen LCD. It looks pretty damn good to us. This isn’t the first time that Google has bundled a series of apps with a mobile phone, but it does appear to be one of the most polished efforts to date. The bad news, at least for us, is that this is a Europe-only affair. The KU-850 is currently available from Vodafone in Italy and France, with more countries on the way.


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