Google: Expect 18 Android Phones by Year’s End
By Matt Richtel
Summer Of ‘09 Phone War update: By year’s end, there will be at least 18 phones on the market worldwide based on the Android operating system, Google disclosed for the first time Wednesday.
Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google and the spearhead of the Android operating system, said the number could be as high as 20. (That figure does not include devices made by manufacturers that use a basic Android system but have not apprised Google of its use). The 18 to 20 devices Google knows about will be made by eight or nine different manufacturers, Mr. Rubin said.
He declined to say which manufacturers will make said phones or for which wireless carriers. At present, there are at least two Android-centric phones — T-Mobile’s G1, available in the United States, and a phone called “Magic” made by HTC and available in Europe.
Mr. Rubin said that, in general, carriers will be slower to introduce Android phones in the United States than in Europe. The reason, he said, is that the domestic market is so competitive that carriers and handset makers want to create highly distinctive versions of the Android phone to give themselves an edge.
耶！有新的Google Android手机要出现咯~ 现在新加坡好像只有Singtel在卖的那架超难看的Singtel Dream是使用Google Android的，好期待有更多比较像样的Google Android手机哦！
所知道将会登陆新加坡的Google Android手机只有Samsung I7500和HTC Magic，但好像也得等到9-12月。不过不管怎样我也要等下去，因为我拒绝用Windows Mobile OS!嘿！