UNITED STATES: Verizon Wireless has announced that it has formed a "strategic partnership" with Google that will bring phones using the Google Android operating system. The announcement also includes developing new devices for the platform.
"The Android platform allows Verizon Wireless customers to experience faster and easier access to the web from any location," CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, said. "Through this partnership we hope to deliver greater innovation in the mobile space to consumers across the U.S."
"Together, we’ll work to deliver a compelling new experience to our customers," added Lowell McAdam, the chief executive for Verizon Wireless.
Verizon has been rumoured to be the second iPhone carrier in the US and was hoped to bring the Palm Pre over to its network once Palm’s agreement with Sprint Nextel had ended. However, the Android pact hasn’t made any surprises.
Both Google and Verizon say that the plan will come into effect in the next couple of weeks as Verizon plans to announce what Android-powered phones it will offer on its network, but were tight on the details. The phones expected to come to the network will be from Motorola and HTC.
The network will be the third carrier in the United States that will support the Android, with AT&T being the only carrier that has not released a phone using the Android, mainly because they carry the competing iPhone.