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Google phone: more popular than predicted

G1 phone manufacturer, HTC, increases shipments

G1 T-mobile

The Google G1 mobile phone, available exclusively through T-Mobile, is proving to be more popular than originally expected.

The Taiwanese manufacturer of the Google phone, HTC, plans to increase shipments in the light of the growing demand.

The original sales forecast predicted that 600,000 Google phones would be sold by the end of 2008. However, Peter Chou, HTC’s Cheif Executive Officer, now believes that a million units will be sold by the end of the year. The Google phone was launched in the US and the UK at the end of October 2008.

Apple iPhone v Google Phone

By comparison, Apple claims that 6.9 million units of the latest version of the Apple iPhone were sold in the three months leading up to 27 September 2008.

Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said, ‘These figures indicate that Apple’s iPhone is outselling HTC’s Google phone despite it being almost a year older. The gap may begin to close, however, as the benefits of the Google phone’s open-source platform are realised.’

A major difference between the iPhone and the Google phone is the operating system. The iPhone is a closed-source platform, but the Google phone uses an open-source platform called Android, which allows anybody to develop applications that can be shared among users.

Google Phone and iPhone reviews

Which? has in depth video reports on both the Google G1 phone and the Apple iPhone 3G.

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