While the new kid on the block, Google’s Android operating system will dominate HTC’s smartphone lineup for 2010, if documents believed to be from a leaked presentation are authentic. The presentation categorized the phones into four distinct groups targeting various audiences: Design/Lifestyle; Social; Performance; and Productivity. Five of the eight devices creating the biggest are built on Google’s growing Android operating system. The three in the Productivity device category are based on Windows Mobile 6.5. There is no mention on the roadmap of Windows Mobile 7. An HTC spokesperson told eWeek he could neither confirm nor deny whether the devices are official. Demand for smartphones remained strong overall. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 43.3 million units during the third quarter of 2009, up 4.2 percent from the 41.5 million units shipped in the same quarter a year ago, and up 3.2 percent from shipments of 41.9 million units the previous quarter. IDC expects additional Android-running phones to be introduced to the market soon from handset makers including LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
December 16, 2009
Leaked roadmap shows Googe’s Android gaining ground with HTC