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Multiple Android Phones Expected In 2009

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| Samsung is reportedly readying a touch-screen Android phone that could have a 
| similar form factor as the company's Instinct or Behold smartphones. These 
| devices would require Android's virtual keyboard, which is on track for the 
| first quarter of 2009. Samsung executives told ETnews the company has sped up 
| its Android development, and a handset is expected for Sprint and T-Mobile in 
| the second quarter of 2009.     
| Motorola is also betting big on Android, having ditched other operating 
| systems to focus on Google's OS for all of its midtier handsets. Very few 
| details have emerged on Motorola's Android phones, but the first handset is 
| reportedly going to have strong integration with social networking sites like 
| Facebook and MySpace.     


Android G2 Has Rumor Mill Buzzing

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| Could a new T-Mobile Android phone be just around the corner? The rumor mill 
| is spinning, and word is that a G2 follow-up could come as early as next 
| month. Reports describe features such as a fully touchscreen-based interface 
| and a forward-facing camera for video calls. However, a new device coming so 
| soon after the G1 landed could leave a lot of early adopters feeling burned.    


Samsung Might Release Android-Powered Phone in Q2 2009

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| According to several rumors that have been circulating in the latest hours, 
| mobile phone maker Samsung would be on its way to release the second 
| Android-powered smartphone through T-Mobile.  
| The "T-Mobile G2" would seemingly hit the North American market in Q2 2009, 
| although other websites said that the device could actually be released to 
| the American public as soon as January 26th, 2009, citing an anonymous 
| tipster as its source.   



Android ported to Nokia N810

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| If you're looking for a nice read, something interesting to engage you while
| you sit and have a coffee and a pastry over at your favorite coffee shop,
| look no further than this writeup over at LinuxDevices. It's an excellent
| in-depth discussion about porting Android 1.0 to the Nokia N810, written by a
| guy who actually did so.


A Sprint Android Phone for 2009?

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| Bloomberg.com reports that Sprint will be one of the first wireless providers
| to take advantage of the open Google Android platform and hopes to have a
| model available within a year. T-Mobile released the first Android-run
| smartphone, the G1, a couple of months ago.
| The site reports that by offering an Android-based smartphone, Sprint plans
| to take a bite out of the iPhone's market share. Apple's smartphone now
| commands 16 percent of the world's smartphone market.


LiMo Says Vodafone's Android Support Shouldn't Fragment the Mobile Linux Space

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| Vodafone's membership in the Google-led Open Handset Alliance isn't
| necessarily a bad thing for the LiMo Foundation, which makes an open-source
| mobile operating system based on Linux that some see as vying for smartphone
| supremacy with Google's Android mobile and wireless stack. LiMo's Morgan
| Gillis says overlap among Android, LiMo and Symbian camps is par for the
| course as they combat Windows Mobile, RIM and the Apple iPhone.
| [...]
| Despite this hole, is Vodafone still backing LiMo? Absolutely, a Vodafone
| spokesperson told eWEEK, noting that joining the OHA means Vodafone will be
| able to work with the Android platform alongside other operating platforms
| such as LiMo, Symbian, Microsoft and RIM, improving customer choice.


Android alliance adds 14 members

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| The Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which oversees the Google-sponsored Android
| mobile Linux specification, has added 14 members. New members include AKM
| Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer (Asus), Atheros Communications, Borqs,
| Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank
| Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba, and Vodafone.


Android Devices Likely From Sony Ericsson, Asus

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| Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Asus could launch as soon as next summer new, less
| expensive cell phones, based on Google's mobile operating system - Android.
| The companies have stated today their interest in developing devices based on
| Android, and joined the Open Handset Alliance together with 11 other members.


Android answers call for free smartphone software

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| Google decided to create a better operating system for mobile phones, just as
| Microsoft’s Windows helps a user to operate a PC. Unlike Windows, however,
| Google’s software for mobiles, called Android, would be free and “open
| source”.
| The open source concept has been used in other technological advances ranging
| from web browsers, such as Mozilla’s Firefox, to operating systems, such as
| Linux. It means that programmers and developers can have access to the code
| behind the software, essentially its DNA.


MontaVista touts Android readiness

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| To show off its Android chops, MontaVista will demonstrate the
| Google-sponsored Android mobile stack running on top of MontaVista Linux on a
| Texas Instruments OMAP3 system-on-chip (SoC). The demo will be held this week
| at Embedded Technology 2008 in Yokohama, Japan. Last month, MontaVista
| announced that its distribution had been optimized for the Cortex-A8-based
| OMAP3 SoCs.

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