Clearwire, who are pretty much owned by Sprint, are expecting to release two new 4G ready devices in the future… this year in fact. At least one of which will be running Android. Furthermore, one of the devices will be manufactured by HTC while the other device will be by Samsung.
The word is that the Samsung device will be “an Android-based 3G/4G/WiFi device optimized for heavy video and video communications use.” To be honest, the HTC device is rumored to being marketed in much the same. How else do you market a 4G device? “It’s got a great camera” doesn’t really cut it. It is always going to be about the superior data connectivity and what you can do with it.
The Company also expects to launch two WiMAX smartphones by the end of 2010. From Samsung, an Android-based 3G/4G/WiFi device optimized for heavy video and video communications use, and a 3G/4G/WiFi enabled phone from HTC.
It is really worth noting that the HTC device does not mention anything specific about Android, which could easily mean it is running something else. I guess it could be a Windows Phone 7 Series, but HTC do love a bit of Android, so I’m hedging here. Both devices are set to land this year, but other than that, we have no more specifics on date or availability or pricing. No surprise here then.