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Android Gets Bigger (& Cheaper)

1:15 PM -- T-Mobile US Inc. will introduce a $10 Android phone tomorrow, as the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) mobile operating has reportedly become the largest smartphone operating system in the US.

T-Mobile plans to introduce a Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. handset on Wednesday that will sell for $10 with a contract, according to Gadget Review. T-Mobile is now offering phones with an updated unlimited data plan for $30 a month.

This is important for Google because -- rather than focusing on developing a sole iPhone "killer" -- the search giant wants to get the mobile Internet into the hands of as many people as possible around the world. This should help to boost its mobile ad-derived revenue over time.

The tactic appears to be working -- in the US at least -- NPD Group Inc. said Monday that Android was installed in 44 percent of smartphones shipped during the last quarter up 11 percent on the previous three months. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) was essentially flat at 23 percent. BlackBerry was the big loser, declining 6 percent to 22 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Fragmentation could still be the big issue for Android going forward. As many as 40.8 percent of Android users are still on version of 2.1 of the operating rather than the 2.2 "Froyo" update, according to Google.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:19:48 PM
re: Android Gets Bigger (& Cheaper)

The kind of person who might want a $10 phone probably wouldn't want an expensive data plan, but this comes with T-Mobile's $10 per month option. That means the yearly cost of the phone is almost less than one month of iPhone service...yikes.

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