Taipei-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute believes that volume shipments of Android smartphones will reach 6.5 million units in 2009, growing to 31.8 million units in 2013. Overall shipments of Android-equipped products is forecast to reach 126 million units in 2013 as the Android platform becomes adopted in PC-like products, portable devices and residential products.
The Seattle Times reports that Michael Dell has said his company will “probably” launch Android phones in the US next year. Although Dell didn’t specify which operator will offer the new devices, earlier this month the Wall Street Journal reported that the manufacturer will release an Android phone in early 2010 for AT&T.
Unstrung, citing research from New York-based financial analyst firm Jefferies & Co, reports that Google’s Android platform will help the company’s mobile search revenue cross the US$500 million mark in 2011, up from roughly US$180 million in FY 2009.
Unstrung claims that US operator Verizon Wireless will launch three Android devices by early 2010. Although the launch of two devices is expected by the end of this year, the surprise package is a smartphone from a small, specialist player that’s expected to have the capability to act as a “MiFi” personal WiFi router, for when users are on the road.
T-Mobile USA is to offer Motorola’s new Android-powered handset – Cliq – from October 19 for US$199.99 on a two-year contract, reports Reuters. Pre-sales will run from that date until 1 November, after which time the device will be available widely in T-Mobile USA stores.
Computer-manufacturer Dell – on a mission to make a name for itself in the mobile space – has reportedly won a deal to supply Android-powered handsets to US operator AT&T. The Wall Street Journal claims that Dell is expected to launch the phone in the US next year, its first dive into the country’s competitive mobile market. AT&T is the second-largest US mobile operator and exclusive provider of Apple’s iPhone.