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AT&T Android Tally

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

As mentioned in the last post, AT&T announced in January that it would be launching 5 Android phones in the first half of 2010. It listed Motorola, HTC, and Dell as three of the brands bringing Android to the carrier. Being as close to the end of the first half of 2010 as we are, let’s take a look at where AT&T’s promise stands.

AT&T promised a phone from Motorola with a unique form factor. Sure enough, the Motorola Backflip was released, a lackluster effort on Motorola’s part, and surprising as AT&T’s foray into Android. The Backflip isn’t a horrible phone, but it is nothing to write home about.

A long time passed between the launch of the Backflip and the announcement of the Dell Aero. At this point the Aero has not been released, so AT&T has a long way to go still. Assuming the Aero is launched in early June, there will still be three phones to launch before July 1 if AT&T is to keep its promise.

Rumor has it that HTC is next in line for AT&T, with a new device called the Aria. That brings the count to three, if indeed it is announced June 7 as rumored.

The Nexus One presents an interesting twist, and AT&T might be inclined to count it as an AT&T phone although it was never sold by AT&T. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully AT&T really does launch 5 phones. The problem remaining however is the fact that June starts next week. Even if the deadline is pushed to midnight on June 30, there is little chance that four phones will be launched by then. All indications show that AT&T has missed its promised deadline. I really hope I am wrong on this, but we’ll soon find out.

HTC was assumed to be releasing two of the five phones, so perhaps we will be hearing more about HTC soon. Dell’s Streak appears to be heading to AT&T as well. Thre is also the long-standing rumor that Sony’s Xperia X10 will show up by August.

So far AT&T hasn’t made a big splash with Android. Hopefully they remedy this soon. They are well past fashionably late to the Android party, and it is time to ramp up and get with the program.