KTF: No, we’re not making an Android smartphone with NTT DoCoMo
Ah, yes. The Android platform is growing fast. Earlier today we reported that Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and South Korea’s KT Freetel were working jointly to produce their own smartphone with the open-source Android OS. This is very good news for the Android community, but like the time your mother first said she loved you, part of it wasn’t actually true.
According to a report made by Telecoms Korea, KTF denied having anything to do with NTT DoCoMo as far as an Android smartphone was concerned. NTT DoCoMo might be the second largest shareholder of KTF, but it doesn’t mean both operators are hand in hand in everything that they do.
KTF did admit that, like other handset makers and operators, both NTT DoCoMo and itself were interested in various smartphone platforms. However, the two companies “never held discussions on the joint development of a smartphone model.”
While it’s now clear that both companies are not working together on one smartphone, whether they’re working on their own products individually or not still remains to be seen. And see we shall, in the next few months, as 2009 approaches. For now, you can blame Nikkei Business Daily for the mixup.
Via Telecoms Korea (Subscription required)