With the news that Google and Verizon will be co-developing Android phones for release on Verizon Wireless, we can't help but wonder what devices will be released and when. Considering that the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes has been endlessly pointed towards Verizon, we can surely expect that device to be one of the first Verizon Android efforts right? And, yep, it looks like Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams is holding the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes in his hand!
But what is Google CEO Eric Schmidt holding? From our perspective, it looks like a HTC-built Android device rocking HTC Sense. BGR reports that it may be a re-packaged version of the HTC Hero for Verizon (the typical Android hardware buttons are said to be touch-sensitive). But it could very well be the previously rumored HTC Desire. Either way, it looks like Verizon is going to be delivering on its promise of offering Android devices (and top tier ones to boot!). And soon.
To quote Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams:
“I don’t wanna leave the impression that you will have to wait until next year or our launch of 4G to see the fruits of this partnership. In fact over the next several weeks, we’ll begin to announce the initial devices in this family of devices that you’ll see from us over the next several years. So stay tuned for some game-changing products beginning in a few weeks."
This is absolutely great news for Android. The current smartphone selection on Verizon is weak, to say the least, and to add Android to the mix is going to be huge for the growth of Android. What's great to know is that Verizon is going to be completely on board with Android--Google Voice will even be approved because as Verizon says, you're either open, or you're not. We can't wait to see what other great devices will come out of this partnership and we have no doubt you guys are excited. Remember, this partnership isn't limited to just smartphones.
Verizon + Android? It really is going to be game changing.