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AT&T: Looking at Google's Android

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 3, 2008

Over the past several months, quite a few people have begun to doubt Google’s ability to attract a significant number of carriers and handset makers to its Android operating system for cell phones. Well, today’s comments by AT&T at CTIA could change that.

U.S.’s largest wireless service provider, AT&T, has been meeting with Google to discuss the possibility of using Android as the basis of AT&T’s phones. If AT&T follows these words with deeds, that would give Android a huge boost. After all, every operating system’s adoption hinges, in large part, on carriers. And if giant AT&T gives Android a nod, handset makers and other carriers may be more willing to give this new software a second look.

Such a decision could also turn wireless ecosystem upside down. Today, handset makers like Nokia carry a lot of weight in deciding which operating system should go on a particular cell phone model. Perhaps carriers will start to have more influence in these decisions.

Reader Comments


April 4, 2008 8:41 PM

It appears that the world of mobile phones has now entered the OS race which has been at the fore front of personal computing for awhile. So the question that remains, is which OS will better compete with the Mac OS. Is it A)Symbien B)Android or C) Windows Mobile?
One of the advantages Windows has is that its flexible, you can build a custom PC, for your own needs. So maybe the future of mobiles is the custom configurable mobile phones... I'll have a wide screen trouchscreen display from NEC, with a qwerty Keyboard from asus, wifi adapator from netgear, 5 migapixel camera from Cannon, an NVidia next generation mobile graphics card, a 3.5G NETGEAR network kit, an intel nextgeneration mobile CPU running on a Asus mobile motherboard and custom built ATX mobile case.

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