Two new Verizon Android phones coming soon

October 6, 2009

I’m short on time here, so I’m going to quote my own piece on the Google/Verizon webcast written for MobileBurn.com.

I just finished up listening to the Verizon and Google webcast. They didn’t offer any new device details, but Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and Google CEO Eric Schmidt did say that we won’t have to wait until next year to see the fruits of this venture. It was said that we can expect new device announcements to come over the next several weeks, and Andy Rubin chimed in to specifically state that we’ll hear of two new devices very soon.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam referred to a “family of devices” several times. He said that there was no hard target for the number of devices the two companies would be working to release, but did say that there are a lot of opportunities to expand the line over the coming years. The possibility of netbooks was brought up, though there was no mention of Google’s Chrome OS.

It appears that the deal will involve multiple manufacturers from around the world, and Verizon confirmed that these devices will ship with the Android Market pre-installed. When asked about support for Google Voice, Verizon’s McAdam said that his company would support it, stating that “you are either open, or you are not” in response to the question. He also said “we expect to bring that application to market when we bring the first device out.”

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