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CTIA 2010: Android Invades CTIA

10:10 AM -- SAN FRANCISCO -- CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS 2010 -- It didn't take the presence of a huge green Droid to know that CTIA was going to have a strong Android focus -- although it helped drive the point home.

Indeed, even before the show has actually begun and while Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) pulled in a packed house to its developer's conference, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s open operating system was stealing the show.

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) especially added fuel to the Android fire, announcing seven new handsets based on the OS, all targeted at different niches in the mobile market, including the workplace.

Most notable was the Droid Pro for Verizon Wireless , what Moto co-CEO Sanjay Jha called the first Android designed specifically for the enterprise. The Pro adds security features that were typically lacking in the open OS and includes the ability to remotely wipe the device and memory card if lost or stolen. Moto will also add encryption in the first quarter of next year, Jha said at a CTIA media event. (See Moto Unleashes 7 New Androids and AT&T Gets 3 Moto Phones .)

Android has been creeping up on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and BlackBerry for market share of the enterprise for a while now, but it's certainly not neglecting the consumer. (See OS Watch: Facebook Phones It In.)

In related Android news from the week so far: — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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