Innocomm delivers first Android 3.5G smartphone with Telegent Mobile TV
Date: Thu, 06/03/2010 - 19:04
At Computex Taipei 2010, Telegent Systems, the company that makes television mobile, and Innocomm, a Taiwan-based provider of broadband wireless solutions, announced the introduction of the first 3.5G touchscreen smartphone based on the Android operating system to incorporate Telegent mobile TV technology.
The Innocomm Shark, which features a 3.2 inch WVGA (800x480) display, capacitive touchscreen, 8 megapixel autofocus camera, 3.5G connectivity, Wi-Fi and analog TV, is designed to address the growing interest in feature-rich touchscreen smartphones while entering the category at a price significantly lower than current comparable models. According to Gartner Dataquest, the smartphone market is expected to grow by nearly 50% in 2010 and 2011, outperforming basic handset growth over the next five years.
Innocomm is among a growing number of mobile device developers to build in Telegent’s free-to-air mobile TV technology as a competitive differentiator. The Shark’s analog TV feature provides consumers with mobile access to the same free-to-air television programming that they view on conventional TV sets, delivering ready access to news, sports and other preferred programming while on the go. The handset’s large, high quality display combined with touchscreen controls allows for a high quality viewing experience. The model also incorporates the ability to record TV clips to a microSD card. Innocomm plans to add digital TV capability to future models.
“We expect the phone’s price and feature profile to appeal to operators seeking to add 3.5G Android smartphones to their portfolio and to leverage 3G as a strategic growth platform,” said Paul Wang, President at Innocomm. “The combination of analog TV with Android’s feature-rich platform allows us to deliver both operator and consumer extraordinary value in markets in Asia, Latin America and parts of Europe.”
Telegent has shipped more than 80 million mobile TV receivers since it first introduced its mobile TV solutions in mid-2007. The company will demonstrate its latest solutions for mobile devices at this week's event, June 1 – 5, at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, suites #1032 and 1033.
“Innocomm is well known for its quality and innovative designs,” said Samuel Sheng, president and chief executive officer. “Innocomm’s new model will provide carriers who are leveraging analog TV as a strategic differentiator to deliver a compelling offering in the high end smartphone category.”