AT&T Taking a Wait and See Attitude Toward Android

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The head of AT&T Mobility says that Google’s Android operating system has not yet developed to the point where his company is interested in releasing a smartphone based on it.

Specifically, Ralph de La Vega told SFGate.com that the platform needs more applications not created by Google.

AndroidStill, this carrier will continue to keep an eye an Android as it evolves.

Not Just AT&T

de La Vega isn’t the only head of a U.S. wireless carrier taking a wait and see attitude toward Android. Sprint’s CEO said recently that this operating system isn’t yet ready to bear the Sprint logo.

Verizon has joined the rival LiMo Foundation, so it seems likely that T-Mobile, which launched the first Android-based smartphone late last month, will be the exclusive U.S. provider of this operating system for quite some time.

On the other hand, a number of well-known handset makers have committed to this new operating system. In addition to HTC — who is manufacturing the T-Mobile G1 — Motorola and Asus are also working on Android devices.

More about Android

Android is a new mobile operating system developed by Google and a collection of partner companies. It is consumer oriented, and is strongly tied to Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google maps.

The first device based on it, the T-Mobile G1, debuted about two weeks ago in the U.S., and is now also available in the U.K.

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