18 Android phones coming by Christmas 2009

18 Android phones coming by Christmas 2009

Summary: By the end of 2009, there will be at least 18 phones on the global market that are based on the Android operating system, Google has reportedly said.Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google and the guy behind the push of the Android operating system, said the number could be as high as 20, according to the New York Times.

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By the end of 2009, there will be at least 18 phones on the global market that are based on the Android operating system, Google has reportedly said.

Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google and the guy behind the push of the Android operating system, said the number could be as high as 20, according to the New York Times.

The devices will be made by eight or nine different manufacturers, he said.

(My guesses: HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus, Toshiba, Sony Ericsson, Garmin. As for the wireless carriers, we'll see who wants to wheel and deal behind closed doors.)

Currently, HTC is the only manufacturer with phones on the market: the T-Mobile G1 and the "Magic," which is only available in Europe.

According to the Times, Rubin said the U.S. market is so competitive that "carriers and handset makers want to create highly distinctive versions of the Android phone to give themselves an edge."

As I've blogged before, a summer "soap opera" is beginning to form between Apple, RIM, Palm, Symbian and Google (plus, belatedly, Microsoft). The question, of course, is what consumers will do with the newfound freedom of an expired contract.

That said, it's in Google's best interest to make Android phones stand out, even though it doesn't quite have the quality control that Apple, RIM and Palm have with their proprietary systems. It's a slight disadvantage, but it may end up helping the company in the long run by allowing consumers to be choosy with their phones but still run Android in a widespread manner.

Topics: Android, Google, Mobility, Telcos

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • android is inspiring almost every manufacturer to build a

    better phone. even iPhone clone maker SciPhone is getting into it: http://brokndodge.blogspot.com/2009/05/no-its-not-iphone.html the Monahan and kirkwood system-on-chip's coming out of Marvel are allowing far more advanced phones to be produced rather inexpensively. add android and a touch screen and you've got a pretty nice phone.
    brokndodge@...
  • The phones arent the issue, services are

    And so far Android phones have been very tightly tied to Google services which aren't so great and many don't want anything to do with. Aside from Apple the oems are too incompetent to build their own. Do you really think Google wants to include an Android app (non-HTML) front end for Live Mesh or Live Search or Hotmail in the bundle? But until there are alternatives to Googles services they're not going to worth much...
    Johnny Vegas
    • Nothing but FUD.

      And before you go around repeating that FUD from AT&T you might want to know that they have flipped script and now have TWO Android phones planned for this year.

      Android is open. If somebody wants those services either the service provider, the OEM or third party developers can develop apps for them. The fact is that either the protocols are closed and only the service providers can develop the apps or no one really cares about the services. Take your pick. Either way just about every major handset maker and some that weren't even into handsets have lined up to produce their Android offering so it doesn't appear that they are too concerned about non-Google services.

      Besides Google tossed it out there a couple of days ago that they don't care if somebody takes Android and builds a Yahoo phone. Apparently nobody cares enough about Yahoo or MS to do that.
      storm14k
  • I hear Preparation H will take care of Androids

    Or maybe it was Preparation A.
    Userama