According to an article posted in the Taipei Times, Ryuji Yamada, president of Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, said that his company plans to offer a Google Android based smartphone in the first half of 2009. As a founding member of the OHA, this isn’t too much of a shocker, really. In a somewhat related note, Yamada said that his company will be adding “close to 10” new smartphones to the company’s lineup next year.

In any case, DoCoMo has to do something. While it has been the big dog of Japanese wireless since the dawn of time, competitors KDDI and Softbank have been gaining ground on it quite quickly, with Softbank adding almost 3 times as many new subscribers in the past year.

There has been no solid word yet on who will be building the device for DoCoMo, though HTC would be the hands-down favorite in many people’s books since the two companies have an existing relationship.

[via TalkAndroid]

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