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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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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.


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...

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