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Motorola DEFY and other Android industry news

by Kristen Nicole

Google (GOOG) took advantage of some high-profile Android coverage at the IFA conference last week as several upcoming devices are previewing their support for the mobile platform.  You can expect that excitement to carry over, especially as the holiday shopping season is about to get underway.

One device that really made a splash was the Samsung GalaxyTab (005930.KS), the Android tablet expected to rival the iPad. We still have our fingers crossed, but early reports indicate that the upcoming GalaxyTab will be available through Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and AT&T (T).

That will bring a known Android tactic to the tablet industry, being offered through multiple carriers instead of an exclusive partnership with just one provider.  This would also help solidify Samsung as a leading Android device manufacturer, similar to the early effects HTC (2498.TW) experienced with Android-powered smart phones.

Another device to expect this holiday season is the Motorola DEFY (MOT), which will have an exclusive partnership.  Offered only through T-Mobile USA, the upcoming Defy is made for real life. The smart phone features a scratch-and water-resistant surface, a 3.7-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and limited Flash support.

That means it won’t likely be a 2.2 Froyo phone upon launch, which is unfortunate given the needs for a stable operating standard with viable updates for the myriad of Android devices.