Attendees of the Google I/O developers conference were recipients of a special limited- edition HTC Magic handset, which is already on its way to becoming a collector’s item.
All delegates who were present at the event were given the unique version of the handset, running on the upgraded edition of Google’s operating system, Android 1.5 Cupcake.
Dubbed the HTC Ion, the mobile phone is unlocked and is quad-band, meaning that it is compatible with mobile phone networks all over the globe.
Already appearing for sale on e-Bay, the Ion phones are reportedly now fetching over £450 from collectors and mobile phone enthusiasts.
The I/O event, which takes place all week in San Francisco, has also been marked by the first sighting of the Spotify mobile phone application running on an Android handset.
The burgeoning market for Android phones was highlighted last month by the announcement from T-Mobile that it had sold over 1 million G1 mobile phones since it was launched late last year.
Since then the T-Mobile’s phone, which was the first Android handset to come to market, has been followed by the HTC Magic on Vodafone and is to be joined later this year by phones from Samsung and Sony Ericsson.