A few months ago everyone was talking about how Palm and Sprint both had all of their eggs in the Pre basket. While the American powerhouse carriers Verizon and AT&T played wait and see and T-Mobile carried the Android torch, Sprint seemed stuck in between. At first the reasons seemed harsh – CEO Dan Hesse was heard saying Android isn’t good enough yet. Well… its good enough now.
The company waited patiently for a polished version of the Android OS before committing and at Fortune’s Brainstorm: Tech on Friday, Dan Hesse admitted that day has arrived:
“The reviews say now it’s ready for prime time,” Hesse said. “It wasn’t when it first came out.”
The admission coincides with the UK launch of the HTC Hero which Sprint has long been rumored to eventually carry. But don’t count out the possibility of a Samsung Android Phone on Sprint either – at the end of 2008 sources said a Samsung Android Phone would land on Sprint in June 2009. In April 2009 those rumors were still alive and kicking, Forbes.com’s Elizabeth Woyke reported that a June 2009 Samsung Android on Sprint was coming.
Obviously that didn’t happen, but persistent rumors of a Samsung Android Phone on Sprint should at least make it a possibility worth mentioning. And who knows, perhaps we’ll get both! One thing is for sure: we’ll have at least one Sprint Android phone by the end of 2009 – Dan Hesse said so himself.