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Sony Ericsson promises a November Xperia X3 announcement and Asus says it will have an Android phone this year.

He's had a big day.

It's been a big day for Google Android news, but Verizon's upcoming Droid phone (and the accompanying TV commercial) are only part of the story. T-Mobile put its Cliq handset on preorder and juicy tidbits leaked out from other sources.

  • We told you last week that a GSM version of the Motorola Sholes cleared the FCC, but we failed to notice that a CDMA handset also got the government's nod (the FCC ID is IHDP56KC5 instead of IHDP56KC2). The consensus in the tech world is that this device is the Droid. Unfortunately, specs are few and there are no close-up photos on the FCC site just yet.
  • Ericsson labs tweeted that we can expect an official announcement Android-powered Sony Ericsson Experia X3 in November. We don't know much about the device for now except that it will offer a Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset, a 1GHz CPU and the new Sony Ericsson Rachel user interface.
  • As for new Android players, Engadget and DigiTimes reported that Asus will have an Android handset this year. Asus Chairman Jonney Shih dropped the news at a Taiwan press conference, but didn't offer any details.
  • In addition to its hands-on with the Droid, Boy Genius Report also posted screenshots of Android 2.0 aka Eclair. Yummy!