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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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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)

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.

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