updated 10:30 am EDT, Tue October 6, 2009
Verizon and Google in Android pact
Google and Verizon this morning struck a deal to bring Android phones to the cell carirer's network. The two say they will "co-develop" multiple phones designed by third-party hardware makers and expect to start launching Android-based phones within the next several weeks. They also plan to include both Google- and Verizon-made apps on the phones in question.
During a conference call to discuss the deal, Verizon also made clear it will allow Android Market to remain on its devices and have access to third-party apps. The provider recently implemented a policy that insists on its own app store has required that users download app store portals like BlackBerry App World or Windows Marketplace themselves.
Google Voice will be allowed in Android Market, the company added.
At least two phones are expected to arrive on Verizon in the near future, the most likely of which is the Motorola Droid, a high-end touchscreen slider that may be unveiled by the end of this month and ship before the end of the year. The HTC Desire (or Predator) is also slated to appear soon.
The addition of Android leaves only AT&T without an Android device currently on offer, although it too is expected to pick up the platform with the eventual release of the HTC Lancaster or a similar model. Android is now approach its first year of sales and for the first several months struggled but is now available through multiple phone designers and on several major networks.