updated 01:20 pm EST, Wed December 30, 2009
Orange contracted Foxconn for Android phone?
UK wireless provider Orange may become the first carrier to contract the manufacture of its own Android phone, if a Wednesday report from Digitimes proves true. Unnamed industry sources indicate that Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) has received orders from Orange to build an Android-powered handset that would also contain a Qualcomm 3G chipset. While no other technical details were revealed, the handset is expected to ship to Orange this spring.
FIH's current clients include Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo, and the manufacturer is also looking to fill orders from other carriers in large markets, the same sources maintain.
Orange currently carries the Motorola Dext and HTC Tattoo Ink handsets, both of which are powered by Android. The new model would be one of the first from Orange to be designed by the carrier itself.