It won’t be the machines a la Terminator that are set to take over, but if early indications are even close to correct we could be seeing the first major strike against all things “i” – as in iPhone. Taiwanese news site CENS is expecting the HTC produced T-Mobile G1 smartphone – the first phone to use the Google Android technology – to see sales of nearly a half million units in the fourth quarter of this year, and possibly sell as many as 2 million units through 2009.
The Pacific Rim news site says that HTC expects that this first Google Android device could generate hug gain in the 4Q revenue after it is launched on October 22. The phone, which is a touch-screen device, will retail for $179. It was developed by Google, T-Mobile and HTC as a rival device to the hugely popular Apple iPhone. The G1 will also use T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network to offer mobile Web access.
The G1 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, a full QWERTY keyboard and other features, and further enables access to the Android Market, the open-source Linus mobile operating system’s application platform that will allow third-party developers to create and offer applications to be downloaded to the device. This in theory should serve to rival the iPhone’s AppStore.
T-Mobile is reporting planning to order between 1.5 and 2 million G1 handsets from HTC, and this could certainly help bring HTC’s bottom line way up. Whether this phone will create iHype is yet to be seen, given that the Applie iPhone shipped more than a million units in the summer of 2007 and another million iPhone 3G mobiles this year.