, entering what could be a challenging few months, just announced its first smartphone powered by
Android operating system.
On March 7, AT&T will start selling
. The smartphone, Motorola's fifth Android device, features a keyboard and touchscreen as well as
a touch panel located behind the screen
at the CES show earlier this year, and will also start offering Android phones from
during the first half of this year.
The telecom giant, which also has clinched a deal to sell
, is beefing up its stable of products in what looks to be a crucial year for the company.
There has been a great deal of interest in AT&T during recent months, thanks to the rapidly shifting dynamics of the telecom market. In addition to
, AT&T's exclusive deal with
to sell the
has been said to
, although the Dallas telco has refused to discuss this.
AT&T recently announced that Apple's eagerly-anticipated
, boosted by new wireless subscribers. The company's shares dipped 2 cents, or 0.08%, to $25.38 in pre-market trading Thursday.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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