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Samsung readies three Google Android phones

Google’s Android is finally gaining traction. Just days after news that HP is testing an Android-powered netbook, Samsung has confirmed it has three cellphones on the way running Google’s OS.

Speaking to Forbes at the CITA Wireless trade show, Samsung’s executive vice president of global product strategy, Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, says his company has an Android model due for international release in June. Two other Android models will be released later in the year, both destined for US carriers.

So far, Taiwan’s HTC has had the Android phone market to itself, with its G1 - confined to T-Mobile in the US (bar a little parallel importing) - but soon to be followed up by the G2 or “Magic” which will be released on Vodafone networks worldwide, including New Zealand.

Beyond Samsung, Motorola is the only other A-list cellphone maker to have announced firm Android plans (including a Motorola Android phone scheduled for New Zealand release later this year).

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