AT&T has reportedly rejected a pair of Motorola smartphones powered by Google's Android mobile OS. According to MKM Partners analyst Tero Kuittinen, Motorola developed two prototype devices originally created to support Windows Mobile before making the switch to Android--sources close to AT&T say the operator felt the phones were too far out-of-date and turned them down. AT&T declined to comment on the matter according to an article published on TheStreet.com.
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha said on a recent earnings call that the company will release two Android smartphones prior to the holiday season, with two operators already signed on as partners. With AT&T presumably out of the equation, conventional wisdom suggests those operator partners are T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless--however, Verizon told TheStreet.com it will not participate in Motorola's Sept. 10 media event, where the device maker is expected to formally introduce its Android phones.
For more on Motorola's Android plans:
- read this TheStreet.com article
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