Report: Google in talks with Verizon, Sprint

According to the most recent WSJ report about Google's plan to launch a branded handset in the U.S., the Internet search company is in talks with both Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel for devices operating on its soon-to-launch operating system. As we reported recently, Google is rumored to announce new software, probably an operating system, within the next few weeks. The WSJ predicts that a Google partnership would help carriers offer cheaper phones, since Google's licensing fees will likely be less than the industry standard (and far less than Apple's unconventionally high fees). While Google is in talks with Verizon Wireless and Sprint, recent reports claimed Google is talking to T-Mobile USA, too.

For more on the rumors:
- read this article from WSJ