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AT&T to launch exclusive Android smartphones and two webOS devices in 2010


News by Todd Haselton on Wednesday January 06, 2010.

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During AT&T's press conference today, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega said that the carrier will launch two Palm webOS devices and a number of Android smartphones in the first half of 2010. de la Vega also said that AT&T is making a big push for Android, and admitted that, while Android is important, AT&T has been late to adopting the operating system.

The new, and exclusive to AT&T, Android phones will include devices from Dell and HTC, as well as a Motorola MOTOBLUR handset. The Palm webOS devices could very well be the Palm and Pixi that are currently on Sprint and are expected to arrive on Verizon Wireless in the imminent future.

The carrier also announced that it's launching its own BREW Mobile Platform application store called AppCenter that will be pre-instealled on mid-range messaging devices, which it defines as those with hardware or virtual QWERTY keyboards. Revenues are split 70/30 between AT&T and developers. Samsung will be the first to support the platform and Pantech has said that it will, also. Applications will extend to the TV to AT&T's U-Verse subscribers, too.

AT&T says that it is supporting both the Android Market and Palm's webOS store, and that it will offer developer support for apps in any app store, not just its own. It also said it will offer carrier billing for Nokia's OVI Store, a feature Nokia had expected much sooner than now.

 

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