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Tech Rumor of the Day: Motorola Android Headed to Verizon

Motorola will deliver an Android-powered touchscreen smartphone to Verizon in the fourth quarter, says a company source.
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Motorola

(MOT)

needs

Google's

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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

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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

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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

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T-Mobile this year.

New Google Phone: myTouch 3G Unveiled

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Verizon could always use an attractive new phone to add a little zing to its lineup.

AT&T's

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success with the

Apple

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iPhone has been a

huge growth driver

for both companies.

This is all bad news for

Microsoft

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and

Nokia

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, which have been

slow to adapt

mobile phone operating systems to the new touchscreen poke-and-swipe interface.