Orange is poised to become the latest UK mobile phone network to carry an Android mobile phone, it has been suggested.
Currently, two Android phones are available in the UK, namely the HTC Magic and the T-Mobile G1, which are exclusive to Vodafone and T-Mobile respectively.
However, Yves Maitre, Orange's head of devices, has now told ZDnet that the company expects to make a third Android-powered handset available this year.
The new mobile phone, which is expected to be the HTC Hero, could even arrive within the next months, Mr Maitre said.
As well as access to thousands of applications on the Android Market, the HTC Hero boasts a three megapixel camera, HSDPA support for fast downloads and Bluetooth connectivity.
It is thought that up to 20 phones which employ Google’s operating system are scheduled for release this year, including devices from Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung.