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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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