INQ has become the latest mobile phone manufacturer to announce a move into the market for Android mobiles.
The company, which specialises in affordable smartphones with a social networking focus, confirmed plans to debut Android phones at a trade expo this week.
Speaking at the GigaOm Mobilize conference, Chief Executive Officer Frank Meehan said: "We came to the conclusion that aside from licensing Palm [WebOS], which is a fairly difficult thing to do, Android was really most suited for our plans with touch-screen devices.”
According to a report from PC Magazine, Mr Meehan did not confirm a release date for the handset but mobile industry experts anticipate that it is unlikely to appear before next year.
Mobiles employing Google’s operating system have been one of the notable success stories of this year and are among the few handsets to have bucked the credit crunch-induced downturn in demand for new mobile phones.
The first phones to feature the platform, the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic, have both sold over a million units since launching.
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