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T-Mobile USA is looking to introduce Android-based devices from three different manufacturers, Cole Brodman, chief technology officer of the company, said in a conversation with me earlier today. Android is a mobile OS developed by Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant, Google. “We are looking to launch […]

T-Mobile USA is looking to introduce Android-based devices from three different manufacturers, Cole Brodman, chief technology officer of the company, said in a conversation with me earlier today. Android is a mobile OS developed by Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant, Google. “We are looking to launch multiple Android-based devices in the second half of this year with three partners,” he said. Brodman expects Android to find its way down into feature phones on the low end. T-Mobile has sold over a million G-1 Google Phones thus far, and most of the devices are turning out to be bandwidth hogs on par with Apple’s super successful iPhone.

During our conversation Brodman hinted that T-Mobile USA is pretty optimistic about Android OS running on netbooks. He said he’s seen demo versions of Android-based netbooks from the largest U.S. computer manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, which would qualify as non-traditional partners. It seems Android is starting to gain some ground in the fight for netbooks. I will publish my entire interview with Brodman on Monday, after I transcribe the interview.

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  1. Really looking forward to the interview and getting my hands on an Android Dell netbook.

  2. I only see one thing happening from there on:

    either one of the android set (may be from samsung, or motorola etc) will be a hit OR

    Apple iPhone and Palm Pre will be the leaders leaving all behind.

  3. Looking forward to the video.

  4. Gadget Sleuth Saturday, May 9, 2009

    Android (as it stands right now) isn’t ready to be a desktop OS, and hasn’t been a hit even as a phone OS.

    1. Actually, Android is about as popular as the iPhone. The T-Mobile G1 was released on October 22, 2008, On April 23, 2009, T-Mobile US announced it had sold one million G1s since the device’s launch (This number doesn’t include Europe or sales from anywhere else). In the first 2 quarters the iPhone was out, they only sold ~1.3 million iPhones. This sounds like 30% more sales, but there’s 2 caveats to this:

      1. There are *A LOT* of Apple fanboys (i know like 12 off the top of my head), there are very few “Google fanboys” (I can’t think of a single person). Yes, it also can appeal to Linux fanboys, but if you look at OS marketshare, Apple has about 8-9%, Linux has about 2%, so that’s 4x more possibly fanboys (logically).

      2. When the iPhone came out, there was no real competitor in the “emerging amazing smartphone” market. All you could get was Symbian, Windows Mobile and Palm. When the G1 came out there was the G1 and the iPhone that you had to choose from and then less than 2 months after the G1 came out, at CES in early January, Palm announced the Pre. I’m sure a lot of people put off buying a G1 or a iPhone waiting for the Pre.

      So i’d say that given those 2 caveats, Android is doing quite well. Add in the fact that the G1 is sold in a lot of countries that we don’t have the numbers for and the fact that now there are 2 Android-based devices (the G1 and the HTC Magic/Sapphire) and there are at least 2 more coming within 5 months (The G1v2 and the Samsung Android phone), i think Android is going to absolutely dominate the market

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