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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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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.

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