18 Android Phones This Year!?

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I heard there will be another 'Terminator' movie this year but I definitely wasn't expecting that:

According to Andy Rubin, speaking at Google I/O there 18 Android based handsets are about to be released this year (in other words - 18 different models in 7 months...)

They will come from 8-9 different manufacturers (we already know of HTC, Samsung and Lenovo), which is a huge number. That is being added to the StrategyAnalytics forecast that Android sales will grow an impressive 900% annually during 2009.

Acording to EngadgetMobile, Rubin clarified the three flavors of Android which break down as follows:

  • Google-free: Free to download version of Android without Google applications like Gmail or Google Calendar. Access to Android applications is at the whimsical fancy of the manufacturer.
  • Strings attached: Same as above but manufacturers sign a distribution agreement with Google and pre-install the Google applications. Of Rubin's possible 20 phones, 12 to 14 fall into this category
  • The Google Experience: Phones featuring the Google logo with all Google apps installed and includes unrestricted access (neither the carrier nor handset maker can block applications they find objectionable) to the Android market. 5 or 6 of the 20, Android phone mentioned by Rubin will deliver the full Google Experience as god and Sergey designed it.

I warn you this will happen, but you didn't listen.


I'm telling you: it's not long before androids will be everywhere, controlling our lives, taking away our freedom!

Run while you can! Save yourselves from those evil machines!

(Or get one...)

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