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Verizon to exclusively sell Moto’s Droid device in US

US operator Verizon Wireless has just confirmed it will begin selling Motorola’s second Android-based device – Droid – from November 6. Droid is the first smartphone to run the Android 2.0 operating system. The device will retail for US$199.99 with a new two-year contract after a US$100 mail-in rebate.

Orange optimises Google on European handsets

Orange and Google have joined forces to enable one-click access to Google’s mobile search application from the homescreens of Orange phones in Europe.

Report: Sony Ericsson preps Android launch

InformationWeek reports that Sony Ericsson will announce its first Android-powered handset on 3 November. It is suggested the device will belong to its high-end Xperia portfolio.

Google announces Android 2.0

Google has taken the wraps off the new version of its operating system, Android 2.0. The news was announced on the Android Developer’s blog and a brief accompanying video highlights a few of the new features.

Android platform to be in 126M units by 2013

Taipei-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute believes that volume shipments of Android smartphones will reach 6.5 million units in 2009, growing to 31.8 million units in 2013. Overall shipments of Android-equipped products is forecast to reach 126 million units in 2013 as the Android platform becomes adopted in PC-like products, portable devices and residential products.

Analyst: Google building its own Android phone

Google is planning to launch a branded smartphone that will bypass mobile operators and compete with handset vendors running its own Android platform, reported TheStreet yesterday.

Motorola shares up as US Android support grows

Shares in Motorola rose 8.3 percent yesterday – to US$8.50 – off the back of major US operator support for its new Android-based handsets, reports Reuters.

Dell preps US Android launch

The Seattle Times reports that Michael Dell has said his company will “probably” launch Android phones in the US next year. Although Dell didn’t specify which operator will offer the new devices, earlier this month the Wall Street Journal reported that the manufacturer will release an Android phone in early 2010 for AT&T.

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.