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Google says at least 18 Android-powered handsets are coming this year

When Google announced that it was getting in the smartphone OS market with its Android operating system, the news was met with a gamut of reactions from excitement to disdain. Some analysts wondered if there was room for another smartphone OS on the market, while many consumers welcomed the thought of a Google backed open source OS.

InformationWeek reports that Google's Andy Rubin has announced that there are at least 18 new handsets coming to market this year that will be running Android. The number of handsets could reportedly go as high as 20. Rubin says that the handsets will be made by as many as nine different manufacturers, though he declined to name specific companies.

InformationWeek reports that a few of the manufacturers that will offer Android smartphones are known including Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ASUS-Garmin, and Samsung. Samsung has already announced its Android-powered I7500 smartphone.

Google says that the open source Android OS is being offered to mobile phone makers three different ways. The first method allows the maker to simply download the Android OS and install it on their phones with no obligations to Google. However, phone makers using this route will not be able to bundle Google apps like Gmail or Google Calendar into the phone.

The second option is the most popular and it allows phone makers to offer Android bundled with preloaded apps, but allows the makers to customize the user interface to differentiate the devices in exchange for a signed user agreement.

The final method of getting Android onto a smartphone involves what Google calls the "Google Experience." Out of the 18 handsets coming this year, five or six are expected to go the full "Google Experience" monty where the maker has to agree to preload certain apps on the phone and offer complete access to the Android Market.

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By ApfDaMan on 6/1/2009 7:36:25 AM , Rating: 2
I cant see android denting apples sales considerably but perhaps some businesses will consider it for use over the more personal-use accustomed iPhone.

RE: Android
By FITCamaro on 6/1/2009 9:11:25 AM , Rating: 3
My question is, will they be any good and on Verizon?

RE: Android
By omnicronx on 6/1/2009 9:20:13 AM , Rating: 3
Android alone is not going to be Apples problem. 18 android phones, plus whatever Palm releases and eventually Windows mobile 7 is going to put a lot of pressure on Apple in the next year or so.

RE: Android
By Pirks on 6/1/09, Rating: 0
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By omnicronx on 6/1/2009 12:41:00 PM , Rating: 5
There is only a limited market in which users are going to pay 199+ dollars for a phone with a signed contract. No gimmicks, apps or nice shiny screen is going to change that. So unless Apple lowers their pricing, I don't see how they are going to 'keep up'. They will most likely retain top status with their superior App store, but don't be surprised for both Android and Palm to become big contenders, especially if the phones are priced lower with better contracts.

Many people like myself could care less about all the apps you can download. If I can make calls, go on the internet and use my phone as a multimedia device I am happy. I don't need a 200-300 phone with a big contract to do this.

RE: Android
By invidious on 6/1/09, Rating: -1
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By suryad on 6/1/2009 9:25:43 AM , Rating: 4
I dont understand the 'open source usually means lax security' comment. Care to expand on that?

RE: Android
By TheMan876 on 6/1/2009 9:32:47 AM , Rating: 1
Since when is Apple's iPhone open source? Or were you just saying that lax security is the reason your company doesnt have them?

RE: Android
By vorgusa on 6/1/2009 10:46:10 AM , Rating: 3
He meant Android was open source and has lax secuirty. Unfortunately he fails to realize that most companies today use Open Source software (Apache, Postfix, linux!) all the time and it can be even more secure and tends to have security holes patched quicker.

RE: Android
By AlvinCool on 6/1/2009 9:25:06 AM , Rating: 2
I cant see android denting apples sales considerably but perhaps some businesses will consider it for use over the more personal-use accustomed iPhone.

Man that's scary! When apple released news of the IPhone Microsoft said it would never make it either. WOW

How about this. People are gonna buy what they want and if Android is slick enough with enough apps they can not just get into the market but severely garner a lot of Apple and Microsoft customers. I would think that Sun is working now to get their office suite in mobile form.

RE: Android
By tdawg on 6/1/2009 10:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
I think Android will take off once it gets into sleeker hardware. In my opinion, the G1 is too bulky and not comfortable enough for it to be accepted by the masses as a "must-have" phone. Once it hits in hardware like the iphone, samsung omnia, etc, more people will give it a look.

I definitely wanted the Android OS inside the iphone form factor, but it wasn't going to happen soon enough (if ever, on the AT&T network). :(

RE: Android
By foohawt on 6/1/2009 2:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
That is the only reason why I didn't purchase the G1, the screen and OS seemed great. But the hardware was a bit bulky and felt too cheap, like a plastic toy that I could crush with my hands. Thats the only reason why I didn't get it. I am waiting on the next generation android phone, hopefully it will be much better.

RE: Android
By jhb116 on 6/1/2009 9:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
This is the Apple/Microsoft PC battle repeating itself. The major differences are Apple has a large followership and technology has progressed that allows Apple to produce (or outsource) Iphones in mass quantities relatively easily.

My prediction is that Android will come to dominate the phone space just like Windows has come to dominate the PC space for nearly the same reasons...

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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