Google Android a Hit with AT&T

Wireless chief praises open-source mobile system, but doesn't commit to it
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
A man demonstrates Google's Android software platform at the World Mobile Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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(Newser) – Google’s Android mobile operating system may find a home with AT&T, the Wall Street Journal reports. Signalling what could be a major victory for the platform, the telecom’s wireless chief said he was “confident” Android “is something we are going to want in our portfolio.” He cited its open-source technology, which would allow AT&T flexibility in customizing its phones’ software.

If AT&T committed to Android, it would be the third and largest US mobile carrier to do so--T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel have already endorsed the service. The operating system aims to provide users with a number of applications, including a web browser to rival the iPhone’s, while allowing third-party software developers free rein to design for it.