RUMOUR: Vodafone to launch Android handset with HTC
Perhaps Vodafone’s CEO has had a change of heart since dissing Android last year. There’s a rumour flying about that the network operator is planning its own Android handset, built by HTC.
The rumour suggests that it’ll be launched next Tuesday, the 17th Feb, at Mobile World Congress, which would make sense. I’ve emailed Vodafone about the device, but if they come back to me with anything other than “no comment”, then I’ll be very surprised indeed.
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Last year I had a tip from someone inside Vodafone Portugal that they were testing an Android device and would launch it February 9th (today), so I guess the rumour is likely to be true.
Vodafone won’t tell me anything by email. If you get any other tips, Gilberto, we’d love to hear about them. That goes for anyone else, too.
It should not be too much of a surprise, since Vodafone is an official member of the Open Handset Alliance: http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/oha_members.html