HTC is preparing a Google Android smartphone for the Chinese market, according to reports. The Android operating system news comes at a time when other smartphone makers, such as Panasonic and Sharp, are also considering expanding into new mobile and wireless markets. The first HTC Android-equipped smartphone made its debut in 2008.
Android will be loaded onto an HTC-produced
smartphone for the Chinese market in June, according to a report published in
The Wall Street Journal on May 26.
The Journal report added that HTC
load the Android mobile operating system onto a version of its Magic phone and
that the device will likely retail for roughly $730. After starting out by selling
smartphones equipped with Windows Mobile, HTC
first offered an Android-equipped smartphone in 2008 and apparently means to
expand on its repertoire to further penetrate the Chinese market.
China is not
HTC's only upcoming market for Android
smartphones. The Android-equipped HTC
Dream and HTC Magic smartphones will make an appearance in Canada
via Rogers Wireless, one of the largest wireless carriers in that country. The HTC
Magic features a touch-screen; the HTC Dream
also has a QWERTY keyboard.
If analysts prove correct, Android, which made its debut in August 2008,
will run on a full 12 percent of smartphones shipped globally by 2012.
Android is also reportedly on the verge of becoming a regularly utilized
operating system for mininotebooks, aka netbooks.
Even as companies ranging from Panasonic to Sharp plan to release
Android-equipped smartphones internationally, a number of PC makers such as
Acer and Dell are preparing laptop-centric applications for the Android OS.
In an April 16 earnings call, Google CEO
Eric Schmidt said he was "excited" about Android being ported over to