BenQ has become the latest mobile phone manufacturer to announce plans for an Android-powered handset.
The company confirmed it is developing a smartphone using Google’s operating system for release during 2010 at this week’s Taiwan’s Computex expo.
The news comes hard on the heels of announcements of rival Android handsets from Sony Ericsson and Samsung.
Currently, just two Android mobile phones are available in the UK, namely the HTC Magic and T-Mobile G1, which was manufactured on behalf of the network by HTC.
It is thought that the spectacular success of the one million-selling G1 has been a key driving factor behind the raft for Android mobiles now in development.
Industry support for the operating system is also thought to have been fuelled by signs that demand for high-end smartphones is withstanding the economic downturn better than mid-range and entry-level handsets.
This is reflected in the number of high-profile flagship mobile phone launches due this year, such as the third-generation iPhone and the Nokia N97.
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