I’m back this week after a few days of work travel.  It was a busy week, so I’m going to get right into it.  The top story this week was the publically announced love fest between Verizon and Google.  America’s largest wireless network and America’s favorite web company have officially teamed up to create a better mobile experience for US consumers.  The two companies plan to leverage the largest and most reliable 3G network with the flexibility of the Android mobile platform to release mobile apps, services and devices.  “The Android platform allows Verizon Wireless customers to experience faster and easier access to the web from any location,” said Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive officer for Google. “Through this partnership, we hope to deliver greater innovation in the mobile space to consumers across the U.S.”  This is a big statement and might finally end the publicity-only reign of the Apple iPhone and actually deliver the technology progress we’ve all been wanting.  Android has finally made its splash.  In fact, Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney said that Android OS might just become the number two mobile OS by 2012.  I believe it with around 40 new devices coming out in the next year.  All I can think is wow and yeah!

Not to be outdone by Verizon and Google, AT&T announced this week that they will allow iPhone VoIP apps to run over its network.  Apps have been approved but still no Google Voice.  Surprise, surprise (sarcasm).  I expected this espeically with all the FCC investigation and pressure.  With this week’s announcements, the mobile market now looks like a good old-fashion tag-team match…  Verizon/Google (good) vs. AT&T/Apple (evil).  Who’s going to win this war, good or evil?  History has shown us that good will triumph!

This week I attended the CTIA conference in San Diego.  As expected, the handset manufacturers and carriers announced several new handsets.  Looks like everyone is gearing up for the holiday season.  Here are some of the announcements I found when I got back:

As always, I’ll end this week’s summary with other stories I found interesting that I want to share with our readers:

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