According to reports in Taiwan media, China Mobile (CHL) will cooperate with the Taiwan-based High Tech Computer, the maker of the T-Mobile G1, to develop a type of Android-based TD-SCDMA handset.
Although the news has not been confirmed by China Mobile, it is expected that the TD-SCDMA handset based on the Android platform will be different from HTC's G1 products. China Mobile originally planned to offer an Android-platform handset that was based on the open mobile system in China by the end of 2008. However, because of the development of OMS applications have not been completed on schedule, the company decided to cooperate with HTC to launch an Android handset first as an alternative.
The launch of the Android-platform OMS handset will be probably postponed to the second quarter of 2009.
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile technologies, have developed Android. Google is a big player in this alliance and has posted copious amounts of data on its website for software developers to take advantage of the platform's features.