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[qi:gigaom_icon_google-android] Phones running the Android operating system have been available worldwide since April late 2008/early 2009, starting with the T-Mobile G1, which is known outside of the U.S. as the HTC Magic Dream. The HTC Android phones have been good sellers globally, including the second phone […]

[qi:gigaom_icon_google-android] Phones running the Android operating system have been available worldwide since April late 2008/early 2009, starting with the T-Mobile G1, which is known outside of the U.S. as the HTC Magic Dream. The HTC Android phones have been good sellers globally, including the second phone in the Android line, the HTC Magic. And according to HTC CEO Peter Chou, the number of HTC Magic handsets sold has topped the one million-mark.

HTC also produces what so far is the sexiest Android phone on the market, the Hero. Chou also said this week that in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom customers who sign up for a 2-year contract will have their Hero device 100 percent subsidized. The phone will run $630 otherwise, so that’s one healthy subsidy.

Elsewhere, Microsoft and Nokia unveiled plans to bring Office Mobile to the Nokia smartphone line. To date, Microsoft Office support on Nokia phones was being provided by third party DataViz with its Documents to Go suite, which is also available for Android. A new version for the Android platform was released this week that adds PowerPoint and PDF support to the Word and Excel handling already provided.

And it was revealed that starting next week, O2 customers will be able to get their hands on Samsung’s first Android phone. The Samsung Galaxy i7500 is expected to have a Qualcomm processor on board, running at 528MHz.

  1. I think you got slightly confused. The T-Mobile G1 *isn’t* known outside of the U.S. as the HTC Magic. It’s still called the T-Mobile G1.

    I think you mean the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, which is known outside the U.S. as the HTC Magic.

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  2. steve is correct

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  3. So far I have seen a decent Android phone. Android itself is kind of a mess. Slow, terrible keyboard, different apps that only run on certain builds. Not very impressive. Google doesn’t seem to be putting a whole lot of effort into Android if you look at what has been accomplished over the last year or more.

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    1. I couldn’t disagree more. Every new update has been a treat. Great apps. Wider functionality my iphone — though choppy and less slick UI.

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  4. Actually the G1 outside the US is known as HTC Dream, at least in Europe.

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    1. It’s the T-Mobile G1 in the UK. The UK is in Europe too :-)

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      1. In Asia, T-Mobile G1 is known as HTC Dream.

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  5. That first sentence of the post is completely inaccurate.

    Android phones (G1) have been available worldwide since end of 2008 (U.S, U.K)/beginning of 2009 in many other countries.

    HTC G1 is known either as G1 or Dream, certainly not Magic. Magic is the second HTC Android phone, that does not have physical keyboard.

    HTC has sold 1 million of G1 phones by the end of first quarter of 2009.

    And FYI, while Samsung i7500 Galaxy may get to U.K. only next week, it’s already on sale in other countries, e.g. France.

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    1. Stasys

      How does the new i7500 perform? any “real world” review of the device.

      thanks

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  6. You guys are good and the article has been corrected. The T-Mobile G1 is indeed the Dream, and the myTouch 3G (as its known in the US) is the Magic. I apologize for the error getting past me. I have often wished that OEMs would pick a phone name and use that everywhere. It would minimize these types of errors. :)

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  7. Its true Geeks have no life, will any one please write something different for a change, the world and internet is not all about mobiles, twitter , facebook and apple.

    please give me something different i beg of you guys, im going nuts reading the same band playing the same music again and again and again.

    How about writing on something that will really bring the cost of living down, create more jobs and make our life’s more blissful, i’m still paying for 100 year old technologies

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  8. Are you sure you are talking about a PHONE?

    “Elsewhere, Microsoft and Nokia unveiled plans to bring Office Mobile to the Nokia smartphone line. To date, Microsoft Office support on Nokia phones was being provided by third party DataViz with its Documents to Go suite, which is also available for Android. A new version for the Android platform was released this week that adds PowerPoint and PDF support to the Word and Excel handling already provided.”

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  9. [...] Android This Week: Over 1 Million Served >> GigaOm [...]

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  10. Srinivas Chervirala Thursday, August 20, 2009

    So, it took about 4 months for HTC Magic to reach 1 million mark, whereas G1 hit the 1 million mark not until 6 months from the release. This may not sound as outstanding if we compare with the sales of any of the iPhone releases (iPhone 3G S has reached the 1 million mark with in 3 days from release), but this will be a decent success for any other phone manufacturer other than Apple. Android is expected to increase its global mobile phone market share in coming months as multiple android based phones are expected to hit the market.

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