Verizon Wireless will announce a Motorola-made phone running on Google's Android platform next week, according to a report on TheStreet.com. The report, citing three unnamed industry analysts, said the two companies were preparing for an unveiling.
Although Motorola has never publicly declared Verizon to be one of its carrier partners for Android, Verizon is widely believed to be the second U.S. operator the handset maker will partner with alongside T-Mobile USA. When Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha announced the company's first Android phone, the Cliq, with T-Mobile, he said that Motorola would be making another Android announcement in the coming weeks.
If Verizon does announce an Android phone next week, it likely would happen during the the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009 show in San Diego. Indeed, Moto's Jha is scheduled to appear at an Android-based event on Tuesday morning at the show.
Rumors on the Moto-Verizon front have been brewing for months. Recently, FCC documents popped up showing approval of a Motorola smartphone for CDMA Rev. A networks that sports WiFi and GPS capabilities.
Representatives from Verizon and Motorola declined to comment on the report.
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