Google, Verizon Team on Android Phones to Battle ATandT, Apple
In a shot at AT&T and Apple, Google and Verizon Wireless said they will co-develop smartphones, PDAs, netbooks and other devices based on Google's Android mobile operating system. The first devices, slated to be unveiled in the next few weeks, will include two Verizon-branded phones that will be preloaded with applications from Google, Verizon Wireless and third-party developers.Updated: Google and Verizon Wireless buried some ghosts of discontent Oct. 6 by announcing plans to co-develop smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android mobile operating system. Verizon Wireless said it will unveil two Verizon-branded phones in the next few weeks that will be preloaded with applications from Google, Verizon Wireless and third-party developers.
Applications from the Google Android Market will be available on the phones at launch, and Verizon Wireless will support Google Voice on its Android phones. The devices will also run Google Maps with Latitude and Google Search by Voice applications.