After comments made by Sprint CEO Dan Hesee regarding Android’s readiness, Sprint’s vice president of products and devices Kevin Packingham has confirmed that Sprint will offer a device based on the increasingly popular operating system sometime next year.
The executive made it a point to stress that the carrier believes in the vision put forth by Android and the OHA, while emphasizing that it can launch Android when the timing is right. Packingham also stated that the company is actively monitoring the performance of the T-Mobile G1 in order to work with hardware manufacturers and software developers on a Sprint version.
This would also make Sprint the largest carrier in the US to support the nascent operating system based on subscriber counts, and would also give prospective customers an alternative to T-Mobile due to availability issues or coverage needs.
The device would also serve as a more direct competitor to the iPhone 3G, with the Instinct serving as its current salvo against the Apple device, with the new device being on par with the iPhone compared to the Instinct. Packerman also iterated that the investment in this device would drive customer growth, with Sprint shareholders echoing the same sentiments.