AT&T Likes Android

9:00 AM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) may be saying it's on the verge of the 3G iPhone, but the bigger headlines out of CTIA Wireless are going towards the carrier's interest in future phones built on Android, the open platform from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).

Ralph de la Vega, who runs AT&T's wireless business, has been telling everyone who'll listen that AT&T likes what it sees, more so than it did when Android got announced in November. (See Google Makes Mobile Move.)

AT&T isn't promising to do anything with Android, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the carrier dabble there. The iPhone has been a boost, but if I were at AT&T, I'd be wondering whether someone couldn't build something similarly hip that wouldn't take as big a cut or suck up all the glory.

Android phones won't necessarily have touchscreens, and, of course, it's tough to break the stranglehold Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has on some consumers' hearts. It's at least worth thinking about, though.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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