In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Google’s Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdams dished on the two company’s new partnership, which centrally focuses on bringing handsets running Google’s Android OS to Verizon’s network. This would make Verizon the third of the country’s big four wireless providers to use Google’s platform, with devices already available on T-Mobile and Sprint.
Moreover, McAdams said his network was committed to openness, and when pressed on whether or not this meant that Verizon would allow use of Google’s Voice service McAdams responded, “You either have an open device or not, and this will be open.” The service triggered FCC queries to Apple, AT&T, and Google when it appeared that Apple had rejected a native Google Voice application for the iPhone. (The company has since stated that it is still considering the application.)
The combined might of Google and Verizon could present a formidable foe for Apple and AT&T. With qualities like Verizon’s well-regarded network and Android’s open platform, the two may be able to take advantage of the iPhone’s most visible weaknesses: poor service and developer complaints about the App Store. Then again, the iPhone remains one of the most popular devices around, so it raises the question—what good is a Justice League without Superman?
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