Forecasts for Android’s launch on the HTC Dream G1 are looking good, according to Strategy Analytics. They’re ballparking 400,000 sales in Q4, hinging largely upon a sub-$200 price point and an intuitive UI that competes with the likes of BlackBerry and the iPhone.
Chris Ambrosio, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Google has the brand power in the USA to make a big impact at launch. The main issue will be operator subsidies. As seen with the iPhone and smart devices in general, retail prices need to be well below $200 to be competitive. Longer-term success will, of course, rest on Android vendor ability to create designs with wow factor and an intuitive user-interface. Google will do its part to drive growth, and we expect Android will eventually offer a compelling range of mobile applications emphasizing Google’s online assets, such as advertising, mapping and search.”
[via Strategy Analytics]