AT&T Jumps on the Android Train and Speeds up the Tracks

I really thought that AT&T (s t) would bring Android MIDs –– with Dell’s help — to the network, but I was wrong. Instead, AT&T will see no less than five Android voice handsets arrive by the end of June, although the Dell (s dell) MID I expected is a full-fledged smartphone.

This morning the carrier made the announcement, along with some other updates. Motorola (s mot) will provide a MOTOBLUR device in 2010, while an exclusive handset from HTC will also appear. Qualcomm’s (s qcom) BREW isn’t dying the slow, painful death I thought it might — it has new life in the “mid-range Quick Messaging Devices” that make up around 30% of handset sales for AT&T. BREW is getting standardized with a new SDK to help developers create apps more efficiently.

Like the T-Mobile news of yesterday, AT&T is plowing along with their own 7.2 Mbps HSPA network upgrades. In fact, the plans have accelerated with on software and backhaul improvement in six cities: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami. AT&T expects 25 of the top 30 markets to join in by mid-year.

Not mentioned at the press event but related: Lenovo showed us their first smartbook — the SkyLight — and said that they expect the device to be sold with AT&T service. We’ll have a video of this device up shortly.