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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 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)

http://tinyurl.com/ydbanou


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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