Google, Verizon Partner Over Android
The company that operates America’s largest wireless telecommunications network now considers itself a friend of Android. Google and Verizon Wireless have sealed a deal that’ll see the two working together on mobile products and services.
The results should be almost immediately apparent, as Verizon’s promised to introduce Android-based handsets within the next few weeks. A formal statement also promised that the two companies will "devote substantial resources to accelerate delivery of leading-edge innovation that will put unique applications in the hands of consumers quickly."
Then they should collaborate on even more devices, services, and apps in the future.
Both sides seem excited about the arrangement. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "The Android platform allows Verizon Wireless customers to experience faster and easier access to the web from any location. Through this partnership, we hope to deliver greater innovation in the mobile space to consumers across the U.S."
Unfortunately, a lot of specifics remain unknown. Schmidt and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam didn’t discuss the nature of the forthcoming apps and services, for example, or show off any new phones. Also, if any money changed hands to help seal this deal, no one talked about it, and while some sort of time limit is probably attached to the agreement, it wasn’t mentioned.