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Tech Rumor of the Day: Motorola Android Headed to Verizon

Motorola (MOT) needs Google's (GOOG) Android to succeed if it wants a chance at a new life. It also needs a major telco partner that can sell the device to millions of people.

Those stars seem to be aligning.

Motorola will deliver an Android-powered touchscreen smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard to Verizon (VZ - Get Report) in the fourth quarter, says a company source close to the plan who requested anonymity.

It hasn't been any secret that Motorola tossed out its Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) Windows Mobile plans this year in favor of Google's Android operating system. It was a bold bet on an iffy software, but Cupcake, the new version of the Android system, has been a pleasant surprise.

After nearly 24 hours of trials in TheStreet labs with T-Mobile's new Android Cupcake powered MyTouch phone from HTC, it is starting to look like Google's Web-friendly phone software works pretty well.

Android Cupcake may be Motorola' sweet treat.

If Android's Cupcake continues to prove itself, it would be a welcome development for Motorola, which also has Android devices headed to Deutsche Telekom's (DT) T-Mobile this year.

New Google Phone: myTouch 3G Unveiled

Verizon could always use an attractive new phone to add a little zing to its lineup. AT&T's (T - Get Report) success with the Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone has been a huge growth driver for both companies.

This is all bad news for Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Nokia (NOK - Get Report), which have been slow to adapt mobile phone operating systems to the new touchscreen poke-and-swipe interface.

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