Spring Design has announced the market's first e-book reader powered by Google's Android operating system. Called "Alex," the The device includes earphones and features stereo speakers, an SD card slot, as well as browser bookmarks and history. Alex supports Wi-Fi connectivity and has integrated mobile 3G support for EV-DO and GSM networks -- though Spring Design has yet to secure a carrier. The company says it's in discussion and enlisting major content partners, with plans to launch the device for "selected strategic partners" by the end of this year.