image_91According to Peter Chou, Chief Executive of HTC, China is soon to experience Android; big news for Google’s operating system. Allegedly, China Mobile will offer a customised version of the HTC Magic, called the OPhone. Stepping all over Lenovo, HTC’s OPhone is aptly named due to its association with the Open Handset Alliance.

This device will give Android access to nearly 500 million subscribers. It goes without saying that China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator, but when you have a population of 1.3 billion people, you might think that’s not saying so much. But think again, as China Mobile has approximately 38% of the population of their resident country on-board. This makes them more successful than AT&T, relatively speaking, who have around 78 million subscribers, or 25% of American citizens.

There isn’t much more to add to the mix other than to wait and see. If Android is well received, we can expect a huge amount of new applications from the Far East and a massive boost to the Android community. I cannot verify this, but elsewhere rumours speculate that the cost of the device will stretch wallets to US$730 or 5,000 yuan.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.