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Google Android Support Gathering Pace Amongst Mobile Phone Manufacturers

In what seems as a major boost for Google’s mobile Android mobile operating system, a number of leading mobile phone manufacturers have initiated plans to come up with devices that are based on the popular open source platform.

Some of the major mobile phone manufactures that have showed interest in developing Android based handsets include the likes of LG, Sony Ericsson, Samsung to name a few and there has been a slew of announcements made by manufacturers this year about their intention to come up with Android based devices.

A major reason which many believe is making the Android attractive is the fact that it is free and open source unlike the Microsoft Windows Mobile which is reportedly seeing a decline in its market share.

Even leading telecom operators in US have agreed to offer Android power handsets and those joining the Android bandwagon include Verizon, AT&T besides the likes of T-Mobile which has been offering Android based handsets from quite some time now.

It is interesting to note that Android currently holds a minuscule part of the smartphone market which is dominated by players like Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion, yet most analysts agree that in near future it is expected to corner a significant share of the market, riding on new smartphones entering the market.

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Android has started to appear on a number of smartphones that cost much less than the iPhone 3G (currently at £34.26 per month). It is only a matter of time before the first Android phones breach the £20 per month floor. Currently the T-Mobile Pulse costs £20 per month with 100 minutes, unlimited texts and mobile internet on a two year contract.

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