Since AT&T will no longer be the exclusive US iPhone carrier (after Verizon launches its CDMA iPhone sometime next month), the second largest North American operator needs to make its smartphone portfolio more attractive than it currently is.
How can it do that? Why, with high-end Android smartphones, of course.
According to a leaked document unveiled by Phandroid, AT&T plans to launch no less than 12 Android handsets before the end of 2011. We already know three of them: Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC Inspire 4G, and Samsung Infuse 4G. Most likely, these three manufacturers will make some of AT&T’s other upcoming Android phones, too.
And speaking of 4G (or HSPA+, in this case), AT&T also intends to introduce 20 4G devices throughout the year.
In the last quarter of 2010, Android surpassed Nokia’s Symbian as the world’s best-selling smartphone platform. With increased support from major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and others in Europe and Asia, Android can only grow further.
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