HTC Android Phones in 2008

HTC CEO Peter Chou who spoke to foreign investors in Taiwan last week confirmed that the company is getting ready to launch two or three new Android-based handsets in 2008.

It would be launching a 3G phone in the near future that did not use the Qualcomm-based chipset. The current TouchFlo technology seen on such phones as Sprint's HTC Touch wasn't necessarily the greatest—anyone with any iPhone experience would find it unresponsive, says I—and HTC will be introducing a new touch UI technology in 2008. As far as the WiMax rollout goes, HTC would release a WiMax/TD-WCDMA mobile phone either by the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009.

Florian Seiche, HTC's European vice president, said that the company's goal was to provide a "broad portfolio" of devices targeting various segments of the market, from consumer to enterprise. Android devices, he said, would fall squarely into the relatively new consumer side of HTC's business, targeted this year with the Touch phone.

Android is a new open source mobile OS developed by a group called the Open Handset Alliance, which includes members like Google, Motorola, HTC, Sprint Nextel and many more.

HTC CEO Peter Chou also said that HTC will introduce a more advanced user interface than its current TouchFlo next year and launch WiMAX devices by the end of 2008.