Oct. 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM ET
AT&T had a goal of releasing 12 Android devices this year, but with today's announcement of five new smartphones available on the carrier, the total is now 19.
The phones range from the “extreme power” meets “life of the party” $100 Motorola Atrix 2 (see image above) to the pre-paid AT&T Avail. The other phones include: the Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung DoubleTime and the Pantech Pocket. The Atrix 2 will be available Oct. 16 in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online and the rest before the end of the year. (The Atrix 2's $100 price tag is good with a two-year contract and doesn't include a rebate.)
"But this simply isn’t a numbers game — AT&T is committed to offering Android options for every kind of customer: from large screen, superphones (eg Samsung Infuse, HTC Inspire) to value-oriented options with unique services like the HTC Status ($49) and its unique Facebook integration as well as the AT&T Impulse that sells for $29," said AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom. "Our commitment shows that we’re a leader with our Android portfolio now and have closed the gap here, and that we made a bold entrance at the right time."
It's not hard to find reports that document Android's ascension as a power player in mobile telecomm, so it's no wonder AT&T is coming out strong on the Google mobile operating system.
"We are bullish on Android and it is a significant part of our portfolio," Bloom said. But that doesn't mean they're not hedging their bets on the preferences of non-Android users.
"The landscape is changing somewhat, but until this year, some customers might have felt like their choice of operating system defined thecarrier they chose," Bloom said. "That hasn’t been the case for us because we’ve offered leading products from every major operating system: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry."
But these phones should suit most types of Android users.
The Atrix 2 comes with a 1 GHz dual core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display and is capable of 4G speeds. It's also got Firefox pre-installed and runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Snap happy users have an 8 MP camera and LED flash, as well as a front-facing camera. Video addicts will love its ability to capture scenes in 1080p HD. It's also no slacker for business users, with device and microSD card encryption, enterprise-grade VPN, enhanced Exchange options, personal information management and remote wipe.
The Samsung Captivate Glide will also be 4G ready and powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor, but this one comes with a thin, side-slide QWERTY keyboard. It'll run Android 2.3 under a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. It's also got the same camera and video functions as the Atrix 2. It's also looking out for those who want to double up on the phone as a business investment, with enhanced Exchange ActiveSync support for IT policies, task synchronization and global address lookup.
The Pantech Pocketalso runs on Android 2.3 and is capable of accessing 4G speeds underneath the hood of a 4-inch SVGA touch screen display. It has a 5 megapixel camera.
Underneath pink (buttons) and a white frame encasing a touch screen,the Samsung DoubleTimesports a full flip keyboard and runs on Android 2.2. Its camera has only 3.2 megapixels, but it can also record video.
The AT&T Availmay be pre-paid, but it doesn't skimp on too much for the Android consumer who doesn't want to be tied down to a contract. While it may have a smaller touchscreen (3.5-inch), it touts a 5 megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.3.