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Panasonic to release Android smartphones in early 2011

Panasonic to release Android smartphones in early 2011

Panasonic has become the latest in a growing club of manufactures to announce it will be releasing Android handsets starting next year.

The Japanese electronics firm confirmed that from early 2011 it will begin shipping the first batch of Android-powered smarties in Japan, followed by a worldwide launch in 2012.

The move doesn’t come as a shocker as more and more companies are joining in to claim a share of the booming smartphone market, in which Android is leading the charge.

Panasonic admits that it is late to the party and wants to make up for lost ground.

Osamu Waki, head of mobile communications at the company, told Reuters: "We misjudged the speed at which smartphones would be taken up in the Japanese market.

"With the rapid shift to Android, we want to catch up quickly."

The company has set itself an ambitious target to shift 15 million mobile phone units in 2015, from the current forecast sales of 5.5 million units in Japan alone for this fiscal year.

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