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Android Fever! AT&T, Sprint Get New Google-phones

Google Inc.’s Android smartphone OS continues to enjoy a wind-at-the-back week, with the news that AT&T Inc. and Sprint-Nextel Corp. will both be getting new Android-based devices soon.

AT&T’s gadget will be the first for the carrier, and will be made by Dell Computer, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources. The details are skimpy, but apparently the touchscreen device will land in early 2010.

Meanwhile, at CTIA on Wednesday, Sprint took the wraps off the appropriately titled “Moment” Android phone from Samsung, which will be available starting Nov. 1 for $179.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The Moment sports a 3.2-megapixel camera, an up to 32GB expandable memory, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus a touchscreen, an accelerometer and support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A network.

The Moment joins the HTC Hero in Sprint’s Android line-up, and is Samsung’s second Android phone, along with the T-Mobile Behold II, due out soon.

Android has been quite high-profile this week thanks to a big announcement about Google and Verizon Wireless collaborating on the platform, news from Motorola Inc. about kickstarting a developer ecosystem for the OS and the aforementioned T-Mobile Behold II announcement.


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