November 3, 2011
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With many key company giants like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony Ericsson pledging support for Android, one company is keen on joining the Android camp for a share of the pie. Alcatel is steadily making pace in crafting its own breed of Android smartphones–and the company seems to be prepping the Alcatel One Touch 995, rumored to sport the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when the device comes out.

According to an employee from Alcatel, who tipped NieuweMobiel.NL of the One Touch 995, the device has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and packs a 1.4-GHz processor.

Other specifications mentioned by the tipster include a 5-megapixel camera, and judging from the image above, it may support a front facing camera. The device boasts an impressive UI or as the French company calls it, the 3D carousel. It is similar to SPB Shell 3D, a type of homescreen launcher that makes the homescreen rotate and appear in 3D.

Aside from that, the source mentioned that the device would be thinner than an inch and would be lighter compared to other smartphones available in the market.

Alcatel also reportedly plans to bring out the One Touch 995 at a competitive price of EUR199.00.

There are still no reports on when the device will be released, however Alcatel reportedly plans to introduce the Alcatel One Touch 995 at next year’s Mobile World Congress 2012. But, Alcatel’s greatest news is that if the device doesn’t launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, Alcatel promises its customers that the device will definitely receive the latest update possible. This could very much hint the possibility of an ICS update on the Alcatel Android device.

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.
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