Back at that Google I/O conference where bucket-loads of HTC Magic phones were given away, Mr. Rubin commented on the fact that there may be as many as 20 new devices by the end of the year that will run Android. Given the current state (G1 and Magic/MyTouch 3G), one may be forgiven for thinking that this might be a tall tale. However, things do seem to be hotting up at the moment at an ever-increasing rate.

Not only is the i7500 from Samsung due to land imminently, but there are also a slew of other Android devices that have received official announcements recently. But things don’t stop here with Taipei’s third largest mobile service provider Far EasTone and the IT company Tatung wanting some of the Android action.

Apparently, Tatung’s chairman WS Lin stated that the company wishes to get moving with Android but has no final product road map to speak of. Clearly, it is early days at the moment, but if Tatung do get involved, it will most likely be through their affiliate company Tatung InfoComm. Over at the Far EasTone camp, allegedly work started on two Android based devices quite a while ago, with the aim to offer users highly customized services.

As far as we’re concerned, more the merrier, and it will be great to see some heavily customised Android builds and find out what others can do with Android.

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