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AT&T Closes the Gap on Verizon's Android Lead

SAN DIEGO -- CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) kicked off CTIA by announcing five new Android smartphones, bringing its total to 19 and closing the gap on Android-leader Verizon Wireless .

The new phones include the US$99 Motorola Mobility LLC Atrix 2, Samsung Corp. Captivate Glide, Samsung Double Time, Pantech Co. Ltd. Pocket and the prepaid AT&T Avail, the first Android phone ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has built for the carrier.

In announcing the phones, AT&T is touting that it has already exceeded its commitment to Android announced in January, which was to roll out 12 smartphones based on the OS this year. It's also now on a par with traditional Android champion, Verizon, which offers around 20 devices based on the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) OS. (See AT&T's Answer to the Verizon iPhone: Android & Friends.)

AT&T walks through its new lineup in the following video:

Why this matters
AT&T, Verizon and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) all have the iPhone now, making it more important to differentiate on the rest of their smartphone portfolios. Right now, Android is attracting the most consumer interest and reaching a broader audience as prices come down.

For more
CTIA, which kicks off Tuesday in San Diego, will see more Android love. Already, Verizon announced the LTE Samsung Stratosphere, and T-Mobile unveiled the Android-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. SpringBoard tablet, alongside the Samsung Galax Tab 10.1. Get all the action at our official show site here.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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