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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.