China Mobile may be looking at partnering up with HTC in its bid to have a Google Android mobile phone out by the end of the year. Its original plan to use a handset with applications developed by Borqs, a Chinese company developing mobile Internet software, has run into delays. As a result, the handset could slip to the second quarter of 2009. Working with HTC could allow China Mobile to still meet its original goal.
It’s not clear at this time whether the device in question would be an HTC Dream variant which T-Mobile just announced as the G1 or a completely new device.
China Mobile is currently the only Chinese mobile carrier to be a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).