Samsung To Offer 3 Android Phones in 2009

android_logoCell phone maker Samsung Tuesday added its name to the growing list of manufacturers joining the Android bandwagon. The company said it would unveil at least three handsets based on the open-source Google mobile phone platform in 2009.

In a Reuters interview, Samsung’s product strategy chief, Won-Pyo Hong, said ‘at least three’ Android phones would be produced, the first appearing in the later half of this year. Previously, the No. 2 cell phone maker had said its Android phones would appear in the Spring.

Although the company released few details, talk has surrounded Sprint and T-Mobile as the handset’s U.S. carriers.

Also unknown is whether the phones would first appear in the U.S. or Europe.

Earlier in the week, handset maker HTC unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain Vodafone would be the first carrier to offer its Android-based ‘Magic’ cell phone. The Magic would be the second handset powered by Google’s open-source mobile software.

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