Google: Expect 18 Android phones this year

By year's end, there will be at least 18 phones on the market worldwide based on the Android operating system, Google disclosed today at the company's I/O conference.

According to The New York Times, Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google, said the number could be as high as 20.

Rubin declined to confirm which manufacturers will the phones and for which wireless carriers. Currently there are two Android phones available, T-Mobile's G1 and HTC's "Magic".

If the devices prove popular this coming year then the platform could seriously rival Apple's iPhone device which has been criticized heavily for it's closed policies and application approval processes. If Google is able to attract developers away from the iPhone and harness applications that aren't allowed on Apple's platform then the smartphone market could be a different landscape in a years time.

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Vodafone globally should be getting HTC dream atleast they are here in nz.

Imo android needs a bit more work on UI. But will be good to see more.

The UI is pretty sweet, with the drag down taskbar to view notifications. I want Android on my Windows Mobile phone. Why can't Google just release the OS to pre-existing smartphones?? Way more ppl would get it!

andrewbares said,
The UI is pretty sweet, with the drag down taskbar to view notifications. I want Android on my Windows Mobile phone. Why can't Google just release the OS to pre-existing smartphones?? Way more ppl would get it!

You can if you got the developer tools to recompile and things

Currently there are two Android phones available, HTC's G1 and HTC's "Magic".

They are both HTC phones, and the G1 is sold in other countries that don't have T-Mobile... thank you.

Ive never seen the android before but I assume its pretty good?
I think it would be better to see this on some decent phones.