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More than 600,000 G1 Android Smartphones Sold By End 2008 Says HTC

HTC has painted an optimistic picture regarding sales of its T-Mobile G1 handsets by claiming that it will manage to sell more than 600,000 such handsets before the year end.

In an interview given to Mercury News, Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC predicted that it will be selling much more that it has originally planned and also expressed the hope that the market for smartphones will increase at an appreciable rate.

If predictions made by Chou are to hold true then the G1 will possibly become the best selling handset from HTC till date and will sure give the Apple iPhone a run for its money.

In a related statement Chou also dismissed speculations regarding its giving a lower preference to Windows Mobile owing to the use of Google’s Android in the G1 handset by saying “Of course we are not de-prioritising Windows Mobile by any means. However, with Android we can do more.”

Chou also expressed the hope that the G1 would perform even better in the coming year and mentioned that it has good chances of succeeding in the US market which till now has been dominated by Apple.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.