HTC: up to 2 million Android phones sold by end of '09

HTC expects to sell between 1.5 million and 2 million phones powered by Google's Android operating system by the end of 2009, according to a report in the Taiwan Economic News.

T-Mobile USA is releasing the G1 in the United States on Oct. 22, and HTC expects to sell between 400,000 and 500,000 units in the fourth quarter. Though HTC's sales projections are well below those of Apple's iPhone 3G, a main competitor, it has been rumored that Motorola may be launching Android phones in the near future, further boosting the OS's market presence.

The newspaper cited Peter Chou, HTC's CEO, as saying that the release of the G1 and Android will push development and applications of the networks for handsets in the future. 

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