Forbes online is reporting some interesting information from the CTIA Wireless trade show. Apparently, a Samsung executive has spilled the beans on the company’s plans with Android. So what’s the deal?
Things come as a mixed bag for U.S. Android fanatics. The world’s largest conglomerate stated that there will be several devices running Android making their way from the factory floors to shop shelves this year, the first of which will happen around June. However, this initial launch will be outside of the U.S. Instead, according to Dr. Won-Pyo Hong (executive vice president of global product strategy ) Americans will be able to pick between two other Android devices in the second half of the year. Due to the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile are the first two operators to sign onto the OHA, we can expect them to pick up the devices when they arrive.
The main reason for this Stateside difference is primarily due to the fact that U.S. operator preferences (allegedly) require the Android devices to be totally different to the European ones. Samsung, as well as many other manufacturers, have an easier time of it releasing in Europe, since one phone can be released with multiple carriers in different countries without much fuss. This would explain why America will receive Samsung’s Android offering only in the second half of this year.
Compare this response to Ehtisham Rabbani’s from LG Electronics, who merely stated that Android is “something we continue to work on”. The company’s vice president of product strategy and marketing reiterated the news “We have announced we will have Android phones this year.”
Not giving as much away, but as far as we are concerned, any Android information is good information.