April 5, 2009, 8:40 pm
Mobile phone maker Samsung has confirmed that it intends to launch at least three phones this year that are built with Google’s Linux-based Android operating system, including two that are destined for US mobile carriers. The move will boost the availability of Android-based handsets and give consumers some new Android options besides T-Mobile’s G1, the current flagship Android handset.
Samsung first announced its Android plans last year, after it was revealed that the company had formed a sizable team of Linux and Java experts to build an Android touchscreen phone reportedly similar to the company’s Omnia handset, which runs Windows Mobile. The products suffered some delays and it became unclear whether Samsung would still deliver an Android phone on Sprint’s network when Sprint backed away from Android.