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Google: There Will Be 18 Android Phones This Year

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May 28, 2009, 7:51 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speaking at Google's I/O conference, Andy Rubin, the brainchild behind Android, said that the company expects its handset partners to deliver 18 new phones using the Android operating system by the end of 2009. Rubin declined to say which handset makers and which carriers would be offering the devices. Rubin also offered some details on three different versions of the Android platform. Each version is free, but has its own set of parameters. The "obligation free" version lets developers load as many apps as they wish onto the device, but not Google-branded apps such as Gmail or Google Calendar. The "small strings" version gives developers the right to offer some Google-branded apps. The "bigger strings" option is a full Google-branded experience, made clear by the presence of Google's logo on the device itself (such as on the HTC G1). This version will have deep integration with Google services and the carrier and phone maker will agree to leave certain apps on the phone.

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May 28, 2009, 8:24 AM

O sure.

This is kinda hard to believe. We got.. what the g1? is there another out yet? its been how long?
htc magic, general mobile DSTL1, Samsung announced that it will have 3 android devices this year, Motorola announced as well that it will carry multiple android devices this year as well, android is not going anywhere anytime soon
And based off those hardware specs it is not difficult to load an OS to similar hardware specs in a different form factor.

May 28, 2009, 12:27 PM

I "hope" it happens.

I'm still skeptical. Enough.
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