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Google and Verizon have agreed to jointly develop Android handsets

Google has been successful with its new smartphone OS, Android. The OS got a slow start and had to fight through some growing pains, but has proven to be popular with smartphone users and phone manufacturers alike.

To get Android into the hands of even more users, Google and Verizon have announced a new agreement that will leverage the 3G network of Verizon with the Android OS to put new devices into the hands of Verizon customers faster.

"The nation's best wireless broadband network is a perfect complement to the innovation of Android-powered services and devices," said Lowell McAdam, chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. "Together, we'll work to deliver a compelling new experience to our customers."

The agreement has both companies devoting substantial resources to jointly accelerate the delivery and development of handsets using Android and put unique applications into the hands of Verizon customers more quickly. The two firms will together create, market, and distribute products/services via both Google and Verizon distribution channels.

The products that come from the collaboration will be able to be purchased online and in Verizon retail stores. The Android-based handsets developed between the two firms will be pre-loaded with applications for both companies as well as third-party developers. Neither Google nor Verizon offered specific manufacturers for the devices resulting from the collaboration and only say they will be built by "leading manufacturers."

"The Android platform allows Verizon Wireless customers to experience faster and easier access to the web from any location," said Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive officer for Google. "Through this partnership, we hope to deliver greater innovation in the mobile space to consumers across the U.S."

Verizon and Google report that the agreement will come to fruition in the next few weeks as Verizon introduces new handsets running Android.a



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It has yet to be seen
By aebiv on 10/6/2009 10:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
So far I wouldn't call it popular by any stretch, as last time I saw it had less than 1% of the smartphone market.

Unless they have some amazing hardware, with VGA and above screens to put Android on soon, they aren't going to get much attention. In fact, with Google cracking down on modders of the Android ROM, they may get a backlash and never go anywhere with this project.

It was excited at first, but was really driven into the ground by how closed the OS was, and that now you have a heavy hand in the modding of the ROMs




RE: It has yet to be seen
By GreenEnvt on 10/6/2009 10:55:50 AM , Rating: 3
Google doesn't care about people making ROMS at all. Android is an open source OS. Google made it and spun it off to the 'Open Handset Alliance'.
You are free to modify it however you like.

What Google didn't like, and sent a cease/desist letter about, was the modder in question was also redistributing closed source Google applications (like Maps/gmail/market) along with the ROM.
He has agreed this is not OK to do, and his future roms will ship without the proprietary apps included. Users can backup those apps before installing a new ROM, then restore them after. It's a bit of a pain for users, but it satisfies the legal requirements.

It's exactly the same as Linux, it's open source, but many closed source apps for it are not included in the distro, you have to download/purchase those separately.


RE: It has yet to be seen
By aebiv on 10/6/2009 11:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
I understand that, but it is amazing how google cracked down on that, when Microsoft has turned a blind eye for years to modders doing that to their ROMs. You would think in interest of gaining popularity google would have let this slie for now.


RE: It has yet to be seen
By damianrobertjones on 10/6/2009 12:15:42 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, it is amazing, however, people will tutn a blind eye to that as Microsoft WinMobile isn't cool anymore while Android is.

A friend on the MR2 forum recently purchased an Android phone (previously had a winmob HTC) and he was amazed at how he could no longer perform simple tasks.

But... it's cool to have Android.


RE: It has yet to be seen
By aebiv on 10/6/2009 3:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I've known quite a few smartphone people who've gone back to WinMo simply due to the lack of flexibility and software for Android...

And I'm sorry, but the G1 or the myTouch hold nothing on the Touch Pro 2, or the Diamond 2


RE: It has yet to be seen
By GreenEnvt on 10/6/2009 4:24:29 PM , Rating: 3
Android does have a few massive holes in it right now.
One major one is Bluetooth. You can use a bluetooth headset, but that is about it.
I am building a Car-PC to handle handsfree calling, gps, music, movies etc...
My old Tytn2 worked fine for doing most of the needed functions, but my Android phone (magic), can't really do much of anything with it right now.
Hopefully that will come with the next major revision.

Lack of a good turn-by-turn GPS program is another. Google Maps doesn't do turn by turn (updating as you are moving), and requires a constant data connection to work. Telenav works for android, but it's a monthly subscription.


RE: It has yet to be seen
By bug77 on 10/6/2009 12:46:01 PM , Rating: 3
The real turn-off here is an argument about redistribution rights over an OS that was supposed to be completely open, yet still has to prove itself.

I myself was pretty excited about Android, but all that excitement vanished when I realized it's not really open when AT&T/Verizon/whoever gets to censor what I can and cannot do with it.


RE: It has yet to be seen
By aebiv on 10/6/2009 3:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
Would have been better to go with something like Opie as they ran on the Zaurus PDA's


Looking forward to it
By elmikethemike on 10/6/2009 10:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm looking forward to what Android and Google have to offer Verizon customers. Apps are a huge draw and this should really bolster Verizon's position.

Until the first phones hit, I'm stuck with my LG Dare and my whopping 2 apps.




RE: Looking forward to it
By Drag0nFire on 10/6/2009 11:33:47 AM , Rating: 4
Not convinced... VZW has an incredible track record of locking customers out of doing anything useful with their phones. With my KRZR, I had to spend a signficant time hacking into the phone's root just to get a custom ring tone. If it wasn't for the network quality, I would have switched long ago.

Don't get me wrong, I am hopeful that they're turning over a new leaf. But I'll believe it when I see it.


RE: Looking forward to it
By Omega215D on 10/6/2009 12:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
your problem is mainly with Motorola as LG and Samsung don't totally lock out their phones. I had a Razr and it was a pain to get stuff on there. My sister on the other hand had both a Samsung then an LG phone in which she could do so much more with her phone and not have to deal with the VZW UI. Once I got my LG enV Touch I became free but it could use more apps and themes.


RE: Looking forward to it
By 0ldman on 10/7/2009 1:07:52 AM , Rating: 2
The reason I got my W755 was how much I liked my Unicel V361. Motorola doesn't always lock down their phones on other carriers.


RE: Looking forward to it
By Suntan on 10/6/2009 1:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Google has had a history of rolling over and agreeing to overly strict sanctions on their offerings from places like China...

If a place like China can get them to roll over, the repressive regime of Verizon will have them doing summersaults.

-Suntan


RE: Looking forward to it
By Souka on 10/6/2009 11:57:45 AM , Rating: 2
Try a Samsung Omnia... very nice phone.

Omnia II is coming out soon..480x800 screen... :)
oh...and better battery life to boot.


RE: Looking forward to it
By mcnabney on 10/6/2009 12:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon has the few Omnias left at great prices...


Would be nice...
By Blight AC on 10/6/2009 11:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
I'd really like to see an HTC Phone (very nice GUI's) based on Android, available on Verizon with the Nvidia Tegra chipset, a screen between 3.2" - 3.6" with a 3.5mm headset jack with WiFi and open GPS.

Have one with a slide out keyboard too for good measure.

If done well, I'd jump all over it.




RE: Would be nice...
By therealnickdanger on 10/6/2009 11:40:24 AM , Rating: 2
My old lady has the T-Mobile myTouch 3G (Android) and it's pretty freakin' awesome. I have an HTC Touch (with a modded Diamond 2-D interface) and an HTC Touch Diamond and I'll gladly concede that her Android phone easily trumps my TouchFLO devices in speed, ease of use, and sexiness.

While I like Windows Mobile for its compatibility with everything and all the custom apps I can get for it, I would buy an Android phone if it came with proper hardware (Tegra OMG). However, if the alternative was a Windows Tegra phone, I would have to carefully compare the two.


RE: Would be nice...
By damianrobertjones on 10/6/2009 12:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
Try a Vanilla light Rom. My i900 lacked a generous amount of speed until I did as above with a 6.5rom... very fast and has saved the device from anger.

Also, recently updated a Qtek9090 to a 6.0rom, no extra installed, plain rom.. with only a 400mhz rom it's faster than all the HTC and other devices I've tried in the last two years. Touch-Flo might look nice but it all adds.

HTC Touch Diamond - 528Mhz cpu
HTC Touch - 201Mhz cpu
myTouch 3G - 528Mhz cpu

I can see how it would leave the Touch behind and why it's faster than the Diamond. Remove the fluff and experience the device's speed. As it stands, various people have suggested that the Android phones lag certain features (Even though people overlook these facts as it's SHINY)


RE: Would be nice...
By Blight AC on 10/6/2009 1:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'd likely look at a Windows Phone with Tegra hardware too. My main interest in Android though is it's a Google phone, and Google services are what I use most on my phone. I figure that full support for all the services would be most likely on Android.


RE: Would be nice...
By damianrobertjones on 10/6/2009 12:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
Try the Acer F1 neoTouch.

Great price. WinMobile isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, a bad mobile OS (Just not as new and SHINY and 'in' as Android)

http://tinyurl.com/ydbanou


RE: Would be nice...
By mcnabney on 10/6/2009 12:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
$300 pounds = $450 = waaaaaaaay to expensive.


RE: Would be nice...
By Blight AC on 10/6/2009 1:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Hrmm, it's some nice hardware, but Windows Phone 6.5 is a band-aid to make Windows Phone a more touchscreen friendly OS. Windows Mobile isn't bad, I played with the Omnia for a few weeks before going with the Blackberry Storm, and didn't hate the OS beyond lack of certain apps, locked GPS and it just required a stylus for too much of it's interactions. Also, looks like the Acer F1 is only available in Europe?

However, my main interest in Android is my shift to Google Services. GMail, Google Voice, Reader, Maps, Documents, YouTube have all been very useful tools or entertainment for me. What I'd like is a phone that implements all of these Google Apps without limitations. I know the Blackberry Storm and iPhone both do not fully support all of these services. I figure an OS by Google is likely my best chance for full support.

I also thought the iPhone was THE "in" OS. Despite all it's limitations and issues it seems the Apple loyalists still act like it's the second coming, and it gets sick amounts of Developer Support.


Verizon and Iphone Need each other
By honestIT on 10/6/2009 3:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
ATT sucks and Verizon phones leave much to be desired. I really hope Apple and Verizon can work things out.

Until then I'm stuck with a Windows Mobile phone.....




RE: Verizon and Iphone Need each other
By Bateluer on 10/6/2009 4:46:03 PM , Rating: 3
You're complaining that your 'stuck' with a WinMo phone? They seem to be much better than the iPhone as far as features and applications. Plus their much more open than the totally closed iPhone.


By michael2k on 10/8/2009 8:54:27 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe he hates the web browser. It's not a surprise that, even with half the market share of WinMo, they had three times as much browser share.


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