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Verizon plays up Android angle (live blog)

The carrier uses its CES keynote to show off the upcoming Honeycomb version of Android, along with the Motorola Xoom and Droid Bionic.

Verizon showed off the Motorola Xoom at its CES keynote speech.
Verizon showed off the Motorola Xoom at its CES keynote speech. CNET

Editor's note: This live event has concluded. For a brief rundown of what was announced, check out our summary post here. You can also replay our live blog in the Cover It Live module below.

LAS VEGAS--Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg will take the stage Thursday morning to deliver a keynote address here at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless operator in the U.S., will introduce its own version of the Apple iPhone. Will Seidenberg use his CES keynote to make the big announcement? It's unlikely, but the company is expected to push its newly launched 4G wireless broadband network.

Insiders say Verizon is expected to announce at least four new 4G smartphones and a tablet PC. Much of Verizon's news is expected to be announced at the company's press conference Thursday afternoon. But Seidenberg, who doesn't give many press interviews, may have some news up his sleeve about the new 4G products during the keynote. To stay on top of all the news, CNET will be live blogging the keynote starting at 8:30 a.m. PT. The link below will take you to the live blog.

Editors' note: The original pre-event version of this story was published January 5 at 9:28 a.m. PT.