updated 05:35 pm EDT, Fri September 19, 2008
Google Android smartphone
Analysts predict the soon-to-be-released Google Android will sell about 400,000 examples in the fourth quarter of 2008, garnering 4 percent of the entire smartphone market in the process, Strategy Analytics predicts in a study published on Friday. The group's representatives said Google is a well-recognized brand that will make for a successful launch, which is slated for an event on September 23. The same executives suggest the handset will need to be subsidized and sold for about $200 by T-Mobile USA in order to remain competitive with devices such as Apple's iPhone, Palm's Treo and RIM's Blackberry, among others.
T-Mobile USA will be the sole network provider and retailer of the highly-anticipated Android, which promises to bring with it three different control methods, including a touchscreen, a hidden QWERTY keyboard and a trackball for interfacing without requiring exposed fingers. If all the preview specs prove right, it will be one of T-Mobile's first 3G smartphones with both built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.