Smart House is reporting that an unnamed HTC executive has admitted that sales of its first Google Android-powered device is already having an impact on Windows Mobile device sales. Unfortunately, the story does not provide any details to substantiate this claim.
With HTC already working on successors to the successful G1 currently offered by T-Mobile and other manufacturers also jumping on the Android bandwagon in 2009, it will be interesting to see just how far Android can go in 2009. Digitimes Research has already estimated that Android device shipments could reach 8 million units in 2009.
Microsoft simply cannot rely on device manufacturers to come up with their own interfaces for Windows Mobile. It needs to tackle the threat of the new operating systems, like the iPhone OS and the forthcoming Palm Nova OS to name only two, head on to remain relevant.