US operator Verizon Wireless has just confirmed it will begin selling Motorola’s second Android-based device – Droid – from November 6. Droid is the first smartphone to run the Android 2.0 operating system. The device will retail for US$199.99 with a new two-year contract after a US$100 mail-in rebate.
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.