China’s TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Ltd has finally announced their plans to release a Commercial Android-powered handset in early 2009. TechFaith helps handset manufacturers with phone design solutions; their clients include Open Handset Alliance member Motorola as well as LG, Amoi, CECT, France Telecom, SK Telecom, Sprint and Bird.
TechFaith mainly focuses their development on China’s phone market; they're expected to announce the name of the manufacturer by the end of November. “We are still in talks with several interested customers,” Changxi said. Could there be a few leading companies in a bidding war over this? “The development of a prototype Android phone has basically been completed. However, the launch of commercial products is unlikely to happen before the end of this year,” claimed Ji Changxi, a senior vice president of TechFaith.
With recent news of Motorola working hard on an Android-powered handset so early on, this makes the chances of the two companies working together very likely. I know many of people would like to see Motorola step up and create the next big device to rise above the RAZR. Having an Android-powered handset this early on could really give Motorola a huge boost in the wireless market. Let's keep our fingers crossed.