Telstra said that reports it was committed to
fielding an Android device in the second half of the year were
false, with devices under consideration, but no final decisions
A Telstra spokesperson said that when Telstra executives spoke
to press at Mobile Congress in Barcelona about the company's plans
for the hyped operating system, they had said that Telstra's
Android plans were still under consideration.
"We are considering an Android-based phone and if we decide to
proceed I expect it to be in the second half of the year," the
APC had reported that the deal was already in the bag,
with Telstra set to write software for the open-source operating
system which would provide easy access to Telstra's content and
Despite the admission that the company was considering Android
devices, the Telstra spokesperson was unable to give any
information on which ones were under scrutiny.
The telco's interest in Android is an about turn from its CEO
Sol Trujillo's comments at the company's investor day in November last year.
Trujillo had said the operating system was interesting but not
In January, Trujillo admitted to ZDNet.com.au sister site CNET News.com
that Telstra was looking at it, but that he didn't consider the operating system to be robust.
"We won't be rolling it out tomorrow," he said. "The research we've done suggests
consumers want more simplicity and not more complexity."