AT&T announces its Android based smartphone lineup

AT&T today announced at its CES 2010 press conference that the company is finally pushing its lineup of Android based devices. The company will launch five new Android devices from Dell, HTC, and Motorola later this year.

One device that has already been announced is Dell's Mini 3, which debuted in Brazil and China last year. Dell announced that the device will be ready for AT&T in the first half of 2010.

That leaves 4 more Android based devices will be coming from HTC and Motorola. In a press release, AT&T stated that the Motorola's Android based smartphone will be powered by MOTOBLUR and will have a unique form factor, while HTC's device will be an AT&T exclusive.

This week has been a big week for the Android platform, with Google's announcement of the Nexus One. The Android platform is certainly expanding its roots in various carriers. More information on the devices is slated to be announced in the first half of 2010.

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Yeah I think they made a mistake (or maybe it was a marketing trick) with crippling the G1 and the MyTouch in terms of RAM. If both devices had 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM (shouldn't have increased the price that much at all), then these would have still been capable little devices.

And another mistake they made is not start with a dedicated graphics chip from the get go and have all the UI stuff get rendered that way. They knew they were going to introduce all that stuff and much more before the G1 was publicly announced.

Final mistake they made is to offer the base user interface they currently do. It's not horrible but it's not that great either. I think any Android device ever should have had a SenseUI / Espresso / etc UI or they should've spent a little more time on the stock Android look.

If they did these simple things, I think the Android would have been undisguisedly killed the iPhone in most if not all areas sans iTunes which I don't think is that bad but Google could've easily worked out some deal with Amazon to help make their service much more competitive and actually better than simply including a boring Amazon MP3 app.

Don't get me wrong, after using Sony Ericsson P1, Nokia N95 8GB, WinMo 6.0 phone (AT&T branded, ie crippled), iPhone (for a few weeks but never owned one - still have it sitting in my nightstand - going on eBay soon) and finally got the MyTouch when renewing my contract with t-mobile (really sorry I didn't wait 3 weeks to get the Motorola CLIQ) and so far I like the *potential* Android has. And also being a Google user (Apps, Gmail, Voice), the inclusion of those apps and the integration with the phone is simply amazing. But at the same time it is also very rough around the edges sometimes.

Android gets sluggish overtime (and the more apps you install) because of the limited internal storage (they should've made it standard to have at least 4GB internal storage the way their system works), some apps look great while others remind me of my BlackBerry Pearl (which in turn reminded me of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 ;).

I personally think Android 1.6 should've been 1.0 and all devices should've started with 512 (or at least 256 minimum) ram and at least 512MB rom. Then the device would've ran just as smooth as an iPhone if not even better and the G1 would've still been a fairly current device just like the iPhone 2G still is - millions still use it and it's how many years old now?

Thank god for HTC for making devices such as the Hero and I really hope 2010 is a great year for Android (I got my eye on the SE Xperia X10 - I hope it ends up being a really nice device with a healthy developer community and ROMS).

I don't get why people are so bent on 3g coverage, If there is no coverage in your area then don't buy that phone/plan/service. Seriously though do research first. I cannot stand when people buy a cell phone plan from Company A get home and find out that it sucks in your house/area. On top of that are those people who are like this. "Oh I've had Company B for years and now the service is terrible , I dont want to switch because they dont give me hassle and I love my current phone". Wake the F up. Your paying for a phone (monthly/pre paid w.e) for crappy service time to move on. /rant

Wow this is good news for current iPhone users who can barely connect yet get reprimanded for their data usage. Put more smartphones on the network that's barely standing under it's current work load. Great idea AT&T.

Yeah, because a network should only cater for iPhone users, screw anyone who wants something different. Agree on one point though, it's their fault, not the phone users.

Just because there are more phones to choose from does not necessarily mean there will be more new customers (or more new data connections)...

Frank Fontaine said,
Yeah, because a network should only cater for iPhone users, screw anyone who wants something different. Agree on one point though, it's their fault, not the phone users.

Pretty sure Tim Dawg was being sarcastic

Webworldx said,
So... Bravo, Shadow.. and two non-notable cheapies? :D

Exactly.....so not only is att late to the game but they are bringing crap to it. Way to go big blue!!

BlendedFrog said,
Exactly.....so not only is att late to the game but they are bringing crap to it. Way to go big blue!!

Big Blue = IBM...

YAY!.. cant wait to see how those stupid DROID DOES ads work up now lol..

oh btw.. Palms WEB OS is also on board!.. AT&T's line up is looking real nice.. Just hope they also focus on upgrading their networks or atleast improving it..

dimithrak said,
YAY!.. cant wait to see how those stupid DROID DOES ads work up now lol..


you do realise that the commercial focuses on what the Android System can do in regards to iPhone, at least this is how i understand them. No need for this comment from you, it has nothing to do with the article.

oh btw.. Palms WEB OS is also on board!.. AT&T's line up is looking real nice.. Just hope they also focus on upgrading their networks or atleast improving it..


AT& T has upgraded their 3G speed to HSPA 7.2 along with T-Mobile.

vincent said,
you do realise that the commercial focuses on what the Android System can do in regards to iPhone, at least this is how i understand them. No need for this comment from you, it has nothing to do with the article.


AT& T has upgraded their 3G speed to HSPA .72 along with T-Mobile.

You fail to realize that the droid does ads were placed yes directly for the iPhone, but also based on the fact that they directed that AT&T only relied on the iPhone whereas the Android or the Droid does alot more.. (The new Droid ads also contain the eris).. So.. based on that I'd say my comment makes sense.., now that AT&T has its own line up of Android Phones.. Which would prity much do the same thing the Driod does or better!..

btw.. when i say improve.. i meant coverage!

dimithrak said,

You fail to realize that the droid does ads were placed yes directly for the iPhone, but also based on the fact that they directed that AT&T only relied on the iPhone whereas the Android or the Droid does alot more.. (The new Droid ads also contain the eris).. So.. based on that I'd say my comment makes sense.., now that AT&T has its own line up of Android Phones.. Which would prity much do the same thing the Driod does or better!..

btw.. when i say improve.. i meant coverage!

I'd say they need to improve their reliability and infrastructure before expanding coverage... some areas have less than 40% reliability according to recent surveys that were posted on Neowin.

Also, I think you're dead wrong with AT&T's Android phones being better than the current lineup from Sprint & Verizon... my guess is they will be at the same level or similar to what was coming out nearly a year ago performance-wise, with a bit more style.

dimithrak said,
YAY!.. cant wait to see how those stupid DROID DOES ads work up now lol..

oh btw.. Palms WEB OS is also on board!.. AT&T's line up is looking real nice.. Just hope they also focus on upgrading their networks or atleast improving it..

Can't wait to see how well those stupid 5X MORE COVERAGE ads hold up now--oh wait, they still do.