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MWC 2010: AT&T Goes Android

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- The inexorable rise of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android smartphone operating system continues apace here in Spain on the last day of the largest mobile show in Europe.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has just announced the launch data for its first phone using the operating system. AT&T has said previously it will launch five Android-based smartphones from Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL), High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), in 2010. (See AT&T: Five Androids in 2010.) The operator revealed this morning that the first of these will be the new Motorola "Backflip."

You can see the Backflip in our gadget slideshow from MWC2010.

AT&T is launching the device, priced at $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, on March 7. The gadget supports AT&T's fastest available 3G network, high-speed packet access, with a top download speed of 7.2 Mbit/s.

As well as four other Android phones, AT&T says it plans to launch two new Palm Inc. devices this year and support Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s new Series 7 OS later in 2010.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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