HTC To Continue Google Android Onslaught
HTC CEO Peter Chou said HTC will have at least three more handsets based on the open-source mobile operating system available by the end of 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal.
HTC has led the charge when it comes to Google Android, not only hitting the market first with the Android-based T-Mobile G1 last October, but by announcing the second Android device, the HTC Magic, at the Mobile World Congress in February.
The HTC Magic, affectionately known as the G2 -- or Google 2 -- is expected to be available this spring. The Magic is just one of the Android smartphones HTC plans to make available this year.
Another of the expected HTC devices will be a second-generation smartphone, Chou told The Journal. Chou did not divulge specific details of the other Android devices HTC has in the hopper for this year.
New devices from HTC would further extend its lead in the Google Android game. So far, HTC has said it has sold one million T-Mobile G1s, taking on the Apple iPhone 3G and the BlackBerry Storm in the battle of the touch-screen titans.
And the Magic, which is similar to the G1, but without a full slide-out keyboard, will come with the Android Cupcake software update, which adds a virtual QWERTY keyboard, video recording and a host of other new features. Cupcake is expected to be available for the G1 next month.
For the most part, HTC has been the only device-maker capitalizing on Android. It is the only one to release devices so far, despite a handful of manufacturers like Huawei, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson upping their Android development initiatives and promising devices based on the OS in the near future.