Panasonic reconfirms plans to sell Android phones in Europe, North America
Panasonic hasn’t abandoned its plans to start offering Android phones outside its home country (Japan).
According to Reuters and Nikkei, the Japanese company is currently negotiating with “a major telecommunications firm” to bring Android handsets to Europe in early 2012. There are no other specific details on this, but the “major telecoms firm” is likely one of the following: Vodafone, Orange, Telefonica / O2, or T-Mobile.
Panasonic intends to bring its Android smartphones to North America as well, although this will probably happen after their European debut.
There’s no word if Panasonic wants to test the European and North American markets with Android phones based on the ones it is currently selling in Japan (like NTT DoCoMo’s Lumix P-02D pictured below), or if it’s developing completely new devices. But we should find out soon.
Early 2012 is also when Panasonic will start selling its rugged Tougphad A1 tablet, which features a 10.1 inch display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.