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10/26/2008
10:59 PM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
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Sprint: Android Ain't For Us. Not Yet, Anyway

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Android, as it is today, is not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on it." I suppose that will make the next gathering of the Open Handset Alliance, of which Sprint is a part, a little awkward.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Android, as it is today, is not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on it." I suppose that will make the next gathering of the Open Handset Alliance, of which Sprint is a part, a little awkward.Google, HTC, and T-Mobile are happy to put their brands on the G1, the first handset running Android. Sprint? Not so much.

Dan Hesse was speaking to the National Press Club in Washington. His remarks about the new mobile platform were less than friendly. He said that it isn't good enough for Sprint in its current form. But Hesse also said that Sprint would get around to offering an Android phone "at some point in the future."

Hesse didn't elaborate as to why Android isn't ready. He also didn't say what Google and its coders need to do to whip it into shape enough to make it worthy of bearing Sprint's logo.

I agree with what many are saying. Android needs a little bit of work. Tell us, Mr. Hesse, what it is that you'd like to see improved?

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