Verizon To Offer Android Handsets In Q4 - Twice

Verizon To Offer Android Handsets In Q4

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Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless will begin offering Android-based smartphones in the coming weeks, joining T-Mobile and Sprint in the Android market in time for the Christmas selling season.

Of the four major carriers, only AT&T hasn't announced specific Android handset plans.

In announcing its plans, Verizon also said Android inventor Google will take a major role in developing and marketing the devices. "Verizon Wireless and Google plan to co-develop several Android-based devices that will be preloaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers," a prepared statement said. "The family of Android phones on the Verizon Wireless network will come from leading handset manufacturers."

In addition, Verizon said, "the two industry leaders will create, market and distribute products and services, with Verizon Wireless also contributing the breadth of its nationwide distribution channels. Consumers will be able to purchase products resulting from the collaboration in Verizon Wireless retail and online stores."

Both companies will "devote substantial resources to accelerate delivery of leading-edge innovation that will put unique applications in the hands of consumers quickly."

The companies did not state how many handsets would be available in the coming weeks.

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