Myth busted. There was some speculation flying around that AT&T might try and cripple Android by replacing the Google services with their own. Ralph de La Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, started this discussion when he told the San Francisco Chronicle that Android needed to “open up even more to offer a wider array of non-Google applications.”
The rumors continued to grow last summer when AT&T pulled the plug on the HTC Lancaster, which we thought would be their first Android phone. Then we had some leaked shots of the Motorola Backflip which included Yahoo! Search instead of Google. A source told Phandroid that the Backflip “will not come with any Google Apps except for Maps which is a bummer to say the least.”
It really was a juicy story, but it appears AT&T backed off their stance to exclude Google from their Android phones.
The Motorola Backflip will include all the native Google applications, plus a few AT&T exclusives. We can see which apps are shipping with the phone from an unboxing video that AT&T posted on YouTube.
It surely looks like AT&T had a full suite of apps ready to go, but decided to allow all of Google’s and let the customer decide. Disaster avoided.
Additional Android applications that AT&T has added to the Motorola Backflip:
- AllSport GPS
- AT&T Maps
- AT&T Music
- AT&T Navigator (Telenav)
- AT&T Radio
- AT&T WiFi Hotspots
- Mobile Banking
- Mobile Video