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Google records biggest profit, lauds Android

Google yesterday reported a record quarterly profit as the Internet giant proclaimed the economic downturn is coming to an end and declared its Android mobile platform is “about to explode.”

Google mobile search to top US500M by 2011

Unstrung, citing research from New York-based financial analyst firm Jefferies & Co, reports that Google’s Android platform will help the company’s mobile search revenue cross the US$500 million mark in 2011, up from roughly US$180 million in FY 2009.

Verizon preps Android assault

Unstrung claims that US operator Verizon Wireless will launch three Android devices by early 2010. Although the launch of two devices is expected by the end of this year, the surprise package is a smartphone from a small, specialist player that’s expected to have the capability to act as a “MiFi” personal WiFi router, for when users are on the road.

T-Mobile USA to sell Moto’s Cliq for US200

T-Mobile USA is to offer Motorola’s new Android-powered handset – Cliq – from October 19 for US$199.99 on a two-year contract, reports Reuters. Pre-sales will run from that date until 1 November, after which time the device will be available widely in T-Mobile USA stores.

Report: Dell plans Android device with AT&T

Computer-manufacturer Dell – on a mission to make a name for itself in the mobile space – has reportedly won a deal to supply Android-powered handsets to US operator AT&T. The Wall Street Journal claims that Dell is expected to launch the phone in the US next year, its first dive into the country’s competitive mobile market. AT&T is the second-largest US mobile operator and exclusive provider of Apple’s iPhone.

Sprint touts second Android handset

US operator Sprint plans to offer its second Android-powered handset, this time announcing a deal with Samsung for sale of the South Korean vendor’s Moment smartphone. Moment will retail at US$179.99 after rebates with a two-year contract.

Verizon and Google reveal more Android deal plans

More details have emerged on Verizon and Google’s partnership for the Android platform.

Verizon, Google in Android pact

US operator Verizon Wireless and Google have signed a high-profile deal based on the Internet giant’s Android platform. Verizon will introduce Android-based handsets in the next few weeks, pre-loaded with applications from both parties as well as third-party developers.

Acer to shift focus to Android smartphones

DigiTimes reports that new mobile handset vendor Acer has shifted its development policy to focus more on the Android platform, with at least half of new models launched in 2010 to be based on the Google platform. The report adds that the vendor will still develop Windows Mobile-based smartphones.

Verizon linked to Moto/Android launch next week

Reports this week state that Verizon Wireless – the largest US operator – will get its hands on an Android-powered Motorola device next week. Last month US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, confirmed it approved a Motorola device known as Sholes as part of the organisation’s testing procedures.