Android/GOOG phones starts to take root, VZ, Sprint, DT, ATT joins too
Until recently, Google's success in the wireless business was slow and halting. Yet its effort began to gain momentum late last year when T-Mobile USA Inc. released the first Android-based device. And earlier this year Motorola Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!mot/quotes/nls/mot (MOT 8.38, +0.10, +1.19%) said it would feature Android in its next generation of mobile phones.
Within the next few days, Sprint Nextel Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!s/quotes/nls/s (S 3.58, -0.10, -2.72%) plans to start selling its first Android-based phone, the HTC Hero, and Verizon Wireless will follow suit shortly after with two Android devices. Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!vz/quotes/nls/vz (VZ 29.16, 0.00, 0.00%) and U.K.-based Vodafone Group plc /quotes/comstock/13*!vod/quotes/nls/vod (VOD 21.22, -0.11, -0.50%) .
In the near future, AT&T reportedly will climb aboard the bandwagon with an Android smartphone developed by computer maker Dell Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!dell/quotes/nls/dell (DELL 15.85, +0.04, +0.25%) , according to The Wall Street Journal. That would give Google a foothold with the four largest U.S. wireless carriers.
The brokerage Stifel Nicolaus now estimates 30 Android-based phones -- about 50% more than anticipated -- will become available in the U.S. and overseas by the end of 2009.
Remember, AAPL was basicly killed by MSFT, but then while MSFT and all Compu makers DELL, HPQ etc.. fell asleep AAPL was quietly working on music and other enjoyment tools. AAPL did a great job to come up with the iPod, then when phones started to get smart with RIMM, AAPL again was very smart to transfer the magic from iPod to iPhone. It was destined to happen, phones with great internet connections and easy to use.
AAPL put themselves in customers shoes and saw what they want. Great job AAPL.
But now game over, the end game is here, no more tricks or magic, the rules of the game are open to all; MAKE EASY TO USE PHONES THAT ACCESS INTERNET AS MUCH AS POSIBLE, WITH GOOD LOOKS.
Goog is annother brand name loved by consumers they are flooding the market with smart phones that are consumer friendly. Steep copitition will bring down the price, that means low margine for iPhones