Rogers has begun selling the LG Loop. You may remember it as the LG Optimus, which we've had our hands on at CES in January, and again at Google IO in May. Not really that much to be said, other than it's another notch in the ol' Android belt. Here are the specs and prices:
- 3.0-inch screen
- 3MP camera
- 120 MB internal storage (2 GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB)
- Android 1.6 (Donut)
- $29.99 with a 3-year contract
- $199 with a 2-year contract
- $249 with a 1-year contract (or monthly)
The Loop is obviously on the low-end of the Android family, but it does show an important trend that points to Android gaining even more traction in market-share.
It's great that Android has solid high-end phones to compete with other platforms; its growth has been exponential, which has been a great thing to see. This trend is likely to continue as it is installed in more low to middle end phones that customers transitioning from feature phones are likely to start with before jumping for the expensive devices. As they familiarize themselves with the Android platform, these phones, like the Loop, will ease them into it rather than diving into the complex stuff out of the gate. This will increase their chances of choosing better Android phones in the future because they're already used to the platform.
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