Samsung launches the Galaxy Portal

Samsung has launched its Android inspired Galaxy Portal, which has some nifty augmented reality search features.

Using the Layar application on Google maps it can guide you to the nearest cash point, bar and hotel., Barclays, the, Nestoria property search, and who provide the detailing can also provide quick reviews, which could be useful if you were after something specific.

Samsung also provides a football pub finder app, from its database of bars across the UK, which must have been painstakingly put together by some dedicated Samsung employees.

Due to the collaboration with Google the device also includes gmail and YouTube, along with social networking support for both Facebook and Myspace.

The Galaxy also has a 3.2 inch touchscreen for navigating round all the apps and guides.

Samsung Mobile UK, said in its release: “This is a great opportunity to work in one of the most innovative and exciting areas of mobile technology and with some fantastic lifestyle brands, providing some amazing experiences for our customers.

“The Samsung Galaxy Portal marks our first entry into the exciting world of Augmented Reality.”

The phone also has a 3.2 megapixel camera. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity is also included, along with standards such as Bluetooth.

The Galaxy Portal is available on T-Mobile now, but will be rolled out across other networks over the next few months.