The HTC-sourced T-Mobile G1 currently enjoys a monopoly on the Android smartphone market, but that’s quickly changing. In fact, Samsung is joining in on the
Google fun by issuing an Android-powered smartphone to Sprint and
T-Mobile some time next year.
Nothing has been 100% confirmed just yet, of course, but word is
that Samsung is hard at work producing an Android-powered smartphone
and it may even be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
next year. If I’m lucky, they may have an early prototype in Las Vegas
for CES next month, but that’s probably pretty unlikely.
As it stands, the yet-unnamed Samsung Android phone will be based
largely on the Samsung Instinct and the Samsung Omnia, meaning that it
will likely lack the physical QWERTY keyboard found on the T-Mobile G1.
This seems to be the trend for Android phones, as some of the other
Android phones in development from other firms are taking this
iPhone-like approach as well.