Google and Verizon
Google and Verizon are holding a joint press conference at 10am Eastern.
And where is Motorola?
Verizon plans to support Google Voice, will launch two ‘game-changing’ Android devices in coming weeks
by Nilay Patel posted Oct 6th 2009 at 10:37AM Breaking News
Google and Verizon announce partnership, love and new Android handsets to result
We’re currently on a press call with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and Google CEO Eric Schmidt to discuss their new partnership, and while it’s mostly a love-fest between the two with no real announcements, there’s been some interesting tidbits. First off, Verizon will be launching two Android products in the coming weeks—we’d say at least one of them will be the Motorola Sholes, and while the other is still a mystery, Google says it’ll be “game-changing.” Very intriguing. Second, and perhaps much more interestingly, Verizon’s making a big push to be seen as the “open” carrier, and flatly stated that they’ll be supporting Google Voice on their network: “Either you have an open device or you don’t.” That’s a big change for Big Red—just remember that a year ago Google and Verizon were still at each other’s throats over 700MHz open-access rules. Now? It’s rainbows and kittens all around, apparently. Lastly, there will be a major app push coming from these two—Verizon’s obviously going to preload Android Market on its devices, and there should be some 10,000 apps available when all is said and done. Not a bad show of support by Verizon, we’d say—and there was a lot of talk about long-term roadmaps and a “family” of products, so we’d expect much more than just two phones and smiles over the next few months. Things are certainly getting interesting, no?