Verizon Wireless CEO Says Company Will Use Android

Now that Verizon Wireless <a href=";jsessionid=VI5Q4VOXW4XPEQSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=204400366&queryText=verizon">is all about open access</a>, it looks as though <a href="">the company will embrace Google's Android mobile platform</a>. CEO Lowell McAdam commented that the company is planning to use Android and that i

Eric Ogren, Contributor

December 4, 2007

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Now that Verizon Wireless is all about open access, it looks as though the company will embrace Google's Android mobile platform. CEO Lowell McAdam commented that the company is planning to use Android and that it "is an enabler of what we do."Verizon Wireless is on a roll. At this point I don't think there are any earth-shattering announcements left to be made by the country's second-largest provider of wireless services. First it declares that any app and any device will be able to access the network starting this year. Then it choose LTE for its 4G technology roadmap, and now it is cuddling up with the very epitome of openness, Google's Android.

Well bust my buttons.

Frankly, in light of last week's news, Verizon has to support Android. Whether it will officially stock and sell Android handsets through its retail stores, or simply allow users to access its network with Android handsets, Lowell didn't detail. I would tend to think the former. He also didn't say that the company would join the Open Handset Alliance.

Lowell's comments came in a recent interview with Business Week. According to the article, Lowell himself has been pushing Verizon management for the better part of a year to adopt a more open model. The move toward any apps, any device and jumping on the Android bandwagon were all part of Lowell's master scheme to take the company in a different direction. So far, that direction looks promising.

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