Google Android Round-Up: Free Email Access; Amazon Music Service; 10 Percent Marketshare


At 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in New York (7:30 a.m. PST), T-Mobile USA and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will hold a joint press conference to raise the curtain on their first Google Android device. Our own Joseph Weisenthal will be there in person to ask questions, take pictures and provide you with live coverage. I’ll also be watching from a Webcast to provide a summary of the news as it happens. In the meantime, I figured I would whet your appetite with some of the recent chatter on Android to get you prepared for the launch. Of course, the big thing everyone wants to know won’t be answered tomorrow, but we’ll be one step closer. That is: Will Android have as big of an impact on the mobile industry as the launch of Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) iPhone? Judging by these leaks developing so far, it’s possible….

Free email access without a data plan: T-Mobile is considering including free e-mail access using Google’s Gmail service with Android phones, meaning users won’t have to have a data plan, Fortune reports. That compares to the $15 a month that Blackberry users currently pay. Of course, the service would be supported with advertising.

*Amazon* music service: The Anrdoid phone will have an Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) music and video store application running on it, reports VentureBeat, which reportedly saw a live device this weekend at a bar. This of course will be similar to Apple’s iTunes service, but unlike with the case of iTunes, the Amazon store will allow you to buy and rent movies and video on the phone.

Google will garner 10 percent marketshare: First, reports pegged Android’s future marketshare at 4 percent. Now, Gartner is projecting that it will account for 10 percent of the smartphone market in 2011, reports

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