Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th May 2009 17:56 UTC
Google Google predicts that some 18 to 20 phones, from eight to nine manufacturers, will come with Android OS installed on them by the end of the year. Although Android is open-source, manufacturers will be able to sign distribution deals with Google in order to pre-install their phones with more options such as Google Apps. The Android OS is widely predicted to also make the jump to mini-notebooks soon.
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Predictions
by CapEnt on Fri 29th May 2009 20:29 UTC
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

And 18 of 20 predictions in real life fails to come true. Serious, its already near the middle of 2009 and there's only 6 phones that comes with Android preinstalled released so far, none of them a market success.

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RE: Predictions
by Lobotomik on Fri 29th May 2009 22:35 UTC in reply to "Predictions"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Actually, there's only two - the HTC G1 and the HTC Magic. The latter has only been out for less than a month, and only in a few countries in Europe. The G1 has been out since October, but only in the US, and only in T-Mobile, which is small, until very recently. And, let's face it, the G1 is a clunky piece of hardware.

However, Android is already number two in mobile web access, far behind the iPhone, but already in front of everyone else. And rising fast. No way can that be presented as a market failure.

And now, besides HTC, which is a small player, we will be getting much sexier devices than the G1 from Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, to name a few. 18 devices this year! If that is not success, then I would not mind failure.

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RE[2]: Predictions
by grahamtriggs on Sat 30th May 2009 10:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Predictions"
grahamtriggs Member since:
2009-05-27

Actually, the G1 is also available in the UK on T-Mobile. In fact, I think it's available in all territories that T-Mobile operate in.

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RE[3]: Predictions
by Calipso on Sat 30th May 2009 15:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Predictions"
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2007-03-13

The G1 is also about to be released in Canada on the Rogers network. I believe the call it the Revolution or something.

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RE[4]: Predictions
by elsewhere on Sun 31st May 2009 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Predictions"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Rogers will be releasing both the HTC Dream (the G1) and the HTC Magic this week. They won't be using the google-branded Android, they're using HTC's version. Main reason is to include ActiveSync for email, not sure what other differences there will be.

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Awesome!
by mahoney on Sat 30th May 2009 17:53 UTC
mahoney
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2006-01-12

Fantastic news, now I'll have choice of 18 almost identical low quality devices based off the same Qualcomm reference platform manufactured by some shady mainland china outfit with a tenuous grasp on hardware and software quality.

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RE: Awesome!
by satan666 on Sat 30th May 2009 22:50 UTC in reply to "Awesome!"
satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

Fantastic news, now I'll have choice of 18 almost identical low quality devices based off the same Qualcomm reference platform manufactured by some shady mainland china outfit with a tenuous grasp on hardware and software quality.

Maybe you should relax a little bit. At least you have choice. You can choose what you want to use. That's no small a thing.

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by alex45 on Mon 1st Jun 2009 11:55 UTC
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2009-06-01

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