AT&T admitted earlier this year that Android was on their roadmap.
It's obvious that AT&T is lacking in the Android department compared
to other carriers; Verizon
has a number of DROID
EVO 4G, and the original Android phone launched on T-Mobile. But
AT&T has continued along with just the iPhone
and a few Nokia
smartphones here and there; it's not like they really needed to invest
in Android with the iPhone being such a huge draw, but now that Android
2.2 is coming, the competition is heating up, and Android is drawing
some serious attention.
To date, just a single Android phone has shipped to AT&T's shelves:
the Motorola Backflip
. That's hardly a powerful phone, and it's meant
most for the texting crowd. There's also an AT&T compatible Nexus
One, but it's only sold off-contract directly from Google. Dell has
announced that the Streak and Aero (both Android-based) will be coming
to AT&T soon, and the carrier has confessed that a number of Android
devices should be shipping on their network in the coming months.
The fun really gets going on June 20, as the HTC Aria will start what
most hope will be a long run of Android phones on the operator. The Aria
is a nice middle-range handset, with a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227
processor, 384MB of RAM, a 2GB microSD card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G HSPA
support, a 5MP camera and a 3.2" HVGA capacitive touch screen. By most
accounts, this is an HTC Legend in a different outfit, as it also has
HTC's Sense user interface. But importantly, this is a bold move into
the Android camp for AT&T, and priced at $129.99 on a 2-year
contract after mail-in rebate, it's one of the more affordable
smartphones as well. If this one looks to weak for you, more are
promised for the second half of this year on AT&T. That's assuming
you can bypass the iPhone 4 on June 24th, though...