One of the last manufacturers we thought we’d ever hear of working directly with Google on an Android 2.2 device is Huawei. According to the Wall Street Journal, that’s exactly what’s been going down and we should be seeing the fruits of all that labor unveiled this Thursday at IFA in Germany. We couldn’t extract any other details from WSJ’s report, but we only have two days before this and other exciting Android-based products get their official unveiling. Even if Huawei hasn’t made a history for themselves with quality or high-end handsets, I’m excited to see what they can do taking a serious shot at going beyond manufacturing devices strictly for carrier rebranding.
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