[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.