New Delhi: Here comes good news for those who have always wished to have an iPhone running Android OS. The Brazilian electronics manufacturer IGB Eletronica SA has announced an iphone powered by Android OS (under its Gradiente brand).
The company said it would begin selling its line of smartphones in Brazil under the brand "iphone; the first model will be called "iphone Neo One," IGB said in a securities filing.
Though most of you will see it as a clear violation of trademark, but the fact is that IGB, which was formed this year after the restructuring of Gradiente Eletronica SA, had applied for the rights to use the "iphone" cognomen in Brazil back in 2000, while Steve Jobs came up with its first smartphone under the iPhone branding in 2007.
The Android-powered iphone features a 3.7-inch display and a 5 megapixel camera.
It means IGB applied years before Apple introduced its first iPhone. Thus the company insists that it has exclusive local rights to sell a handset under the iPhone branding. Also, in 2008, the company secured rights to the name from a local regulator of patents.
Apple has also faced similar challenges in the past. Though IGB has named its iphone but in reality the iphone Neo One is neither an iPhone clone nor does it resemble in any way the Apple iPhone.
The iphone Neo One is a touchscreen phone that features a 3.7-inch display. It runs Android 2.3.4 OS, and has a 5 megapixel camera. It is a dual SIM iphone.