LG Electronics emerges from the shadows of Motorola’s unveiling of seven new Android devices, announcing new 2.2 Android smartphones. The LG Optimus T and Optimus S are headed for T-Mobile and Sprint respectively. Aptly named and packed with features, the Froyo devices are bringing a range of Android phones to both wireless service providers.
With 3.2-inch touchscreens, 32GB memory cards, on-screen QWERTY keypads and 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus and video capture, the new LG Optimus phones will be in stores October 31, just in time for the spookiest portion of the holiday season. And the phones won’t break the bank either. They’re among the least expensive Android phones, both priced around $49.99.
Sprint bundles Android apps
Sprint, which was slower to take on Android phones, is looking to offer more variety and customization around the Android experience in general. A new feature called Sprint ID is offering pre-packaged apps for download, straight to your phone. The packaged profiles come with ringtones, wallpapers, and branded apps, all designed around one theme or another. Launch partners include Disney and the Oprah Winfrey Network, amongst others.
PayPal payments easy as pie
While Sprint is serving up ready-made packages for Android apps, PayPal is making it easier to purchase directly from the Market. PayPal hopes to become a payment option for Android Market purchases by the end of October, giving a third option for downloading premium apps, in addition to your credit card or Google Checkout.
This also marks PayPal’s expansion beyond being a payment portal, as it becomes more proactive in its integration with various merchant storefronts. As the virtual market grows, users will want easier access for making payments from an existing money account, and mobile tools are only expediting PayPal’s process.