Google & Verizon Announce The Android Deal, Team Up Against ‘Apple-AT&T’? [Updated]
1). 2 Android powered handsets on Verizon’s network will be released in a couple of weeks and many more coming in 2010.
2). Google-Voice will be available.
3). Verizon’s phone will be pre-loaded Android App-Store.
4). No revenue sharing details were disclosed.
5). Talks about the deal were going on for past 18 months.
Apart from this there are couple of very interesting things about the deal-
One of them is obviously Verizon supporting “Carrier killer” Google-Voice. Apple earlier rejected Google-Voice and the rest is well… a long long long long stroy! Today Verizon CEO openly supported Google-Voice stating (in press-conference) “You either have an open device or not, and this will be open”. What did Schmidt have to say on this? Well, even he was quite surprise – “We did not know that they would also take a leadership position on openness, which was surprising”.
Other is, default search-partner of Verizon is Microsoft i.e. Bing, so how will this turn out? Are we supposed to Bing and decide on a Verizon handset or we will have the openness to Google?
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