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Verizon Wireless & Google Partner To Develop, Sell Handsets

Verizon Wireless & Google Partner To Develop, Sell Handsets

Calling it a "groundbreaking agreement," Verizon Wireless and Google announced today that they would work together to produce mobile devices based on the search giant's Android platform. Certainly the deal is a breakthrough for Google, considering Verizon serves more than 87 million customers and is the biggest service provider yet to join forces with the company. For Verizon Wireless, the move could be seen as the company's latest attempt to compete against the Apple iPhone and AT&T.

During a conference call, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said they began talking about a partnership about a year and a half ago. Before sealing the deal, Google wanted Verizon's commitment to open source platforms. To illustrate its commitment to openness, McAdam said Verizon would support Google's Google Voice phone management service.



Under the partnership, Verizon Wireless and Google plan to co-develop several handsets based on the Android platform that will come preloaded with their own applications and applications from third parties. The new Android phones will have 10,000 or more applications available.

Verizon Wireless and Google plan to close the deal in the next few weeks with Verizon Wireless announcing some Android-based handsets at that time. Both companies said they will devote "substantial resources" to the venture. Leading handset manufacturers will supply the devices.

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Do you think the guy who created the Android logo *knew* he was drawing an upside-down grasshopper face?

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Lol, good observation!

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In one corner we have AT&T and Apple!

In the other we have Verizon and Google!

Who will win?

Who cares, this will be great for consumers.

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I was thinking the same thing. Google is attempting to battle with Apple, but I don't think they will win.

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It doesn't matter if Apple or Google 'wins'.

We, the consumers win. Google will try to set prices as low as possible at first, and there is sure to be a price war for services because of that.

It benefits all of us

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you guys are also forgeting a microsoft coming up with the mobile 6.5, it would be interesting as always. I would say apple has come up with a product that appeals to most of us. The finally found the nitch that people wanted. Same way Microsoft did back in the day with the OS. every market has is own nitch and obviously you either make it or not.

The only thing that i like about this is that it would drive the price of cell phones very low since the market is very competitive!

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