Android Finding New Fan In AT&T

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| When Android was first announced, AT&T didn't have very nice things to say
| about it. The company's tone has become much more positive, however - even
| to the point that AT&T seems ready to work with the mobile platform.

AT&T might sell Android phones, someday

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| That said, it's not surprising that AT&T has expressed interest in Android.
| Verizon executives have also said they are looking at Android for their
| consumer branded phones but, like AT&T, they are not willing to commit to
| Android. Still, Verizon's newly launched open device program would allow
| device makers to use Android. My guess is that if a handset maker comes up
| with a compelling phone that uses Android, Verizon and AT&T will surely offer
| them on their networks. But for now, it's hard to say what those phones will
| look like since no manufacturer is actually selling Android handsets yet.
| [...]
| Google's Android is one of many Linux-based operating systems designed for
| mobile phones. But because the software is backed by Google, it might
| actually have more legs than other versions of the software. Ultimately,
| Android's success will be determined by what phone manufacturers and
| application developers do with the software. After all, consumers don't buy
| operating systems. They buy cool devices that can do really cool things.


Android phones as early as this fall?

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| A Google executive may have inadvertently tipped the wireless industry's hand
| on the launch time frame for Android phones.
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| The report also said that Samsung was racing with HTC to get an Android phone
| out the door, meaning perhaps other handset makers have accelerated their
| plans. *

Google Exec: Android To Beat iPhone

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| Rich Miner even went after Apple's handheld darling. *"Once you have devices
| out there from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and so on, there's a much larger
| potential market on Android than for the iPhone," he said. *"[T]here's a
| single manufacturer, it's targeted at a particular demographic, and it falls
| far short of the 1 billion mobile phones sold every year worldwide." * *

iPhone vs. Android : An Open Source Devs Perspective

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| According to Andrea Gazzaniga, software development manager at mobile open
| source vendor Funambol the answer is not entirely clear. In a rambling
| overflow presentation at AjaxWorld's iPhone Sumitt, Gazzaniga attempted to
| outline the differences and similiaraties between iPhone and Android. *

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

Is Google Android the Next Windows?

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| On the flip side, Good Android (here’s a video demo) is a cross-platform
| software environment that multiple hardware vendors and service providers are
| expected to embrace. Although Android isn’t fully baked, Google is
| aggressively promoting the operating environment to third party developers.
| The idea is to get developers on board early, so that tons of Android
| applications are ready when Android-compatible devices finally debut. * *
| [...]
| Eventually, The VAR Guy suspects, Android devices will easily leapfrog
| iPhone’s market share. But that’s not a terrible thing for Apple. Although
| Apple nearly died on the desktop, Apple’s more recent innovations prove that
| you can thrive even when you hold less than 10 percent of a technology
| market. * *


HTC tight-lipped about Google phone

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| MOBILE PHONE MAKER High Tech Computer (HTC) is developing a handset which
| will run Android software developed by Google and a consortium of other tech
| companies. *

A third of all phones "smart" in five years

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| ABI Research vice president Stuart Carlaw said, "The market is currently
| dominated by Nokia (52 percent) and Symbian (65 percent). However, the
| coalescence of the framework wars in the Linux environment and the growing
| stature of Windows Mobile will enable new competitors to put pressure on this
| established axis." * *

Research and Markets: Symbian and Linux Enjoy the Highest Penetration in the
Japanese Smartphone Market

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| Symbian and Linux enjoy the highest penetration in the Japanese smartphone
| market and appear to be the beneficiaries in any expansion of smartphone use
| there. *