Sprint CEO says Android not good enough yet

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told reporters in Washington that the carrier is waiting to introduce an Android-powered phone.

While speaking in Washington last week,Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Sprint is not ready for the Google Android OS just yet. According to Reuters, Hesse said that at present Android is not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on it."

Yet, Hesse promised that the carrier would sell a phone powered by Android "at some time in the future." Sprint is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which developed Android in partnership in Google. Hesse did not elaborate on when that would be or on what kind of Android handset it would sell.

Personally, I think Sprint needs Android more than Android needs it. As I wrote earlier this month , Sprint has done a poor job with its brand development over the past year. You don't really know what the company stands for, and its selection of phones and services is relatively uninspiring. An Android phone could only give the carrier a little cachet and serve as an alternative to T-Mobile's G1. Sure, I'll agree that the Android we see on the G1 didn't knock our socks off, but it's a good start on an intriguing concept.

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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