Google’s Competitor to iPhone, BlackBerry Will Start Fast

Analysts say new Android phones will quickly grab market share

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Google’s Android operating system will be used in cars from a several carmakers in 2014, the company announced Monday.

Google's new smartphone software could quickly capture 4 percent of the U.S. market, Strategy Analytics says. But that may depend on the price of the phones, which the analysts said have to be well under $200 to be a roaring success.

T-Mobile will give details tomorrow about the first phone based on the Google-backed Android software. It reportedly will go on sale sometime in October for $200.

While that isn't "well below" the two-century mark, expect the handset to sell briskly when it hits the market. The HTC-made phone is the most anticipated new model since the launch of Apple's iPhone more than a year ago.

As an analyst at Strategy Analytics said: "Google has the brand power in the U.S.A. to make a big impact at launch."


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