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Google To Host Android Event In 2010

December 30, 2009

Google announced plans on Tuesday to hold a press event next month about its Android mobile phone operating system amid speculation the Internet giant plans to release its own smartphone.

The “Android press gathering” is rumored to have something to do with the company’s Nexus One, an Android phone that Google plans to sell on its own Web site and perhaps through T-Mobile as well.

Google employees have been testing the device internally.

Google invited reporters to attend the event on January 5 at the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters.

“With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation,” the invitation said. “And this is just the beginning of what’s possible.”

Android phones, which can browse the Internet and play video games, compete with Apple Inc’s iPhone and other smartphones.

A source told Reuters the Nexus would be available for purchase from Google with a contract from Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA, or in unlocked mode, in which consumers could use the device with a carrier of their choice.

According to comScore, although Android’s share of the US smartphone market is relatively small, it has doubled in the past year to 3.5 percent in October.

The timing of the Google event appears to be an attempt to upstage the annual Consumer Electronics Show which opens in Las Vegas on January 7.

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