MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) is preparing to enter into the Android game with the launch of a smartphone made by Motorola (NYSE:MOT), according to leaked pictures and descriptions from the blog AndroidGuys.
The unnamed device is reported to run on Android 2.1 and Motorola's MotoBLUR user interface. The device has a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and a 3-megapixel camera. There is no rumored price or release date. A MetroPCS spokesman declined to comment and a Motorola spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If confirmed, it would be the latest example of Google's mobile platform moving to smaller, regional carriers. Last month regional wireless operator Cincinnati Bell introduced its new Android-powered Blaze smartphone for $99 after a rebate and with a two-year service contract. Additionally, Cellular South said yesterday it will be launching the Motorola Milestone (better known as the Motorola Droid in the United States) later this summer.
MetroPCS' chief prepaid rival, Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP) is going to support the Android-powered Kyocera Zio M6000 later this year, though it has not set a price or release date.
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Article updated June 9 to correct Leap's plans for the Kyocera Zio.