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LG planning 20 Android phones in 2010

The handset maker has been relatively quiet so far when it comes to Android-based smart phones but things look to be picking up quickly.


Though LG is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, the manufacturer has introduced just a handful of Android phones so far. Only one model, the Ally for Verizon Wireless, has landed in the United States and even that was just a few weeks ago.

That will soon change, however, as LG CEO Nam Yong recently announced that his company would introduce 20 Android-powered devices by the end of this year. Though the new models will be on a global scale, and the number doesn't take into account the same phone being rebranded for other carriers, it's nice to see LG getting serious about Android.

With only six months left in the year, I hope to see some innovation out of the company. And as more Android devices hit the market it will be harder to stand out and differentiate.

After all, if there's one thing Motorola has proven over the last year, it's that new form factors can be found at every turn. LG can't risk putting out "me too" sliding QWERTY handsets and slab phones. The LG Ally is a good value, but it's rather unremarkable.