There is a report going around today about how Google and Verizon Wireless are close to completing a search deal that would see Google’s mobile search on Verizon phones. While this has nothing to do with Android directly, it does suggest that the two companies are perhaps getting along better these days than in the not so distant past.
Verizon was the only major U.S. carrier to balk at Google’s Android and not join the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), and the two giants have butted heads numerous times in the past year over FCC regulation issues on topics such as the 700MHz spectrum auctions. The two firms haven’t exactly been BFFs, so to speak.
This new deal, if it goes through, would supposedly see Google’s search integrated into Verizon’s phones and onto the standby/home screens specifically. Well heck, if the two companies can work this deal out, it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to get the Android platform onto Verizon’s network eventually, either. Neither party has mentioned anything about this, of course.
I’m just speculating, after all.
But don’t think for one second that Google isn’t thinking the same thing, even if there were mysterious and known issues that would prevent it from ever happening. They are thinking about it, rest assured.
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i really hope they get on better terms because so far, most of verizon’s phones have not been very good and they have the best service where i live (michigan). both google and verizon would benefit from it because google would have another place to sell this awesome phone and verizon would not lose customers like me who are switching from them to t-mobile.
I agree, it seems that Verizon believes that they can shun some popular phones because of their great service (and yes, it is good). But they blew it with the iPhone, and they are shunning Android. I will ditch Verizon if they can’t get their act together.
I’m really looking forward to Android on Verizon too. If Android phones are open, couldn’t you just buy the phone and take to to a Verizon store to get service?
If there were a workable CDMA Android phone, yes, Verizon would allow you to use it on its network. Currently the only Android phone on the market, the G1, is GSM/UMTS and is not compatible with Verizon’s network.
I am thinking about switching to t-mobile from verizon because I like the idea of the android os. I don’t really want to wait around to see if verizon decides to use the os system because it is wasted time if they don’t.
Can’t wait for an unlocked CDMA Android phone to be released. Hopefully if sprint has one coming out, it can be unlocked to allow it to be connected to Verizon. I love the VZ network but their phones are lacking. They already screwed up with the Iphone. Say what you will, it is a great phone on a horrible network (Or at least in Phx)….
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I am gonna switch, if Verizon will not get a G1 in their line up by next year. Sorry, VW.
I second the fact that I will change to AT&T or other if Verizon does not get an android phone fairly soon.
I tried the Verizon Storm and it is horrible compared to the iPhone or Android G1. The screen feels like a toy. So, although my family loves Verizon, I’ll be switching to AT&T when our 2 year commitment to Verizon ends in June, 2009. Verizon just seems to be falling behind and I’m tired of waiting…
I am on the same waggon, if Verizon doesn’t do something within my current contract, I will switch, I want either Android or a very close competition to iPhone which they have failed to do even with the latest release of the BlackBerry and Samsung – all VW phones lack compatability with the rest of the world and the freedom to customize phones and capabilities on the software level (i.e. G1 and iPhone).
I am ready to switch to TMobile in Phila. Not only does VW not offer Android, but it won’t unlock its phones for use overseas. I am feeling more and more locked in with them. TMobile is cheaper and offers a great deal on home phone voip service also.
Any negs for TMobile?
There are but a small handful of Verizon phones that can work at all in Europe. For the rest, it has nothing to do with unlocking, and everything to do with their being designed for a CDMA network.
As to negatives with T-Mobile, that would be coverage. Minimal 3G coverage at this point, and far inferior coverage in general when compared to Verizon.
I’m a Verizon customer and want either Android or an iPhone. Why is Verizon screwing up their relationship with Google and Apple to the point repairing is necessary? I think my wife and I will switch after the contract is up.
I’m leaving Verizon as soon as my contract expires. Yes they have great service but they don’t offer any of the phones I want and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
Verizon has to get in step and let the android os work on there network. I am sick and tired of this lockup software. I want some freedom. I fthe do nt get their act together i will be leaving to get the android phones. I have been a verizon customer since they came out. I would hate to leave but I need some freedom.
I just came from a T-mobile kiosk and was very impressed with the Google phone running the Android brower.
The browser worked perfectly on our business application, which is dependent on html and java.
I currenly am a Verizon user with a Moto Q 9c.
But after trying the Google phone , I am very close on switching providers.
The browser on the Google phone along with the trackball make this phone the best I have tried.
There is a petition that has started to put pressure on Verizon to carry Android. If you want then go ahead and sign the petition and digg the story.
Is there a way to send and receive faxes with this setup. I would love to go all cellular but cannot figure out the
Goog rocks and android is awsome!!!!!!!!!! Finally a company [goog] that is here for people. Those greedy muher@#$%& phone carriers should be put out of business. Only GOOG can do that!!!! More power to them.
I’ve had Verizon service for over 7 of the last 9 years, but I’m ready to switch networks to ensure that I get a smart phone that runs Android and is also fully functional. Verizon’s antics when they crippled functionality, and misled customers with one of their first Bluetooth phones (the Motorola V710) was inexcusable. I owned one of those and got burned by Verizon.
I am also a longtime Verizon customer (6 years) who plans to switch to T-Mobile for the G1 as soon as my current contract is up in November. Verizon has a great network, but the G1 is irresistable. Get the G1 on Verizon and they can keep me another 6 years. Otherwise…
Too bad I can’t really switch carriers, because I live in a semi-rural area where Verizon signals dominate.
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