Sprint Getting Closer to Android Phone?

android_big_thumbUpdated: Today Sprint offered the lineup for its upcoming mobile developer’s conference on Dec. 10-12, which will include a keynote by Rich Miner, Google’s vice president of mobile technology. While we’ve known that Sprint was considering Android, this fall Sprint CEO Dan Hesse apparently told a group of reporters in Washington that the Android platform wasn’t “good enough to put the Sprint brand on it.”

He assured folks that Sprint was still coming out with an Android phone, and it appears that the two companies have buried the hatchet since Miner gets stage time at Sprint’s event. Could there be news of the Sprint Android phone launch date? Also, as part of the announcement of the conference, Sprint also said it has beefed up its Titan mobile development platform that allows programmers to build Java applications for Sprint’s Windows Mobile phones as well as desktops.

Update: Sprint will soon have more choices when it comes to Android handsets; Sony Ericsson said today it would develop a phone using the Android platform and join the Open Handset Alliance.  In a release, Sony Ericsson said it will “draw on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands,” to create a new user experience with Android. In addition to Sony Ericsson, the Open Handset Alliance, which develops the platform, said it gained 13 other new members including ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.

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