Mobile phone manufacturer HTC is believed to be planning
an Australian launch of a mobile handset based on Google's Android
platform, with Optus and possibly other carriers to support the
The HTC Dream (Credit: T-Mobile)
The plans could be revealed as early as this week, ZDNet.com.au believes, with suggestions of Optus' involvement coming from
multiple sources over the past several months.
Speculation about the launch intensified in the industry this
afternoon, with HTC issuing an invite to a press event in Sydney
this Thursday 5 February, for a "dreamy event not to be missed",
in a possible referral to the Android-based Dream handset it has
There are some indications that Vodafone Australia may also be
advancing plans to support an Android-based device, although
potentially a later model than the Dream. Large parts of HTC's
future product roadmap, including successors to the Dream, were
reportedly leaked over the past month.
The G1, dubbed the Dream, was released in the US in October last
year, but Australian carriers had
no plans at the time to offer the in-demand phone. This has officially remained the case.