Randall L. Stephenson

AT&T CEO: 'We have not been very aggressive with Android'

January 27, 2011: 9:57 PM ET

Well, duh.  Wonder why?

At the moment, you cannot buy an AT&T (T) Android phone with an OS that is under a year old.   Think about that for a second.  As far as 2010 Android OS's, AT&T wasn't interested.  Android 2.1 was released in January of last year.  Android 2.2 came in May and Android 2.3 was released last month.

At the top of AT&T's current lineup, Dell's (DELL) Streak, Samsung's Captivate, HTC's Aria and Sony's (SNE) Xperia X10 are all running year old OSes.  That's a death penalty in the smartphone business as you can see in the graph provided by the NYTimes at right.

(Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which is carried on all four big networks runs Android 2.2)

I noted this disparity in May, so it isn't news to anyone at AT&T.

Now, all of that is hopefully about to change.   AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told analysts today...

"We have not been very aggressive with the Android portion [of the wireless device market]," he said. "We will be a heavy participant in the Android market this year."

If CES is any indicator, he might be on to something.

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