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Report: First Android Phone May Be Delayed

By Sue Marek

More rumors are circulating about when the actual debut of the first Google Android-based handset will occur. The latest report comes from Tech Trader Daily, which says that Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research is reporting handset maker High Tech Computer, which is supposed to have the first Android-based handset on the market, is having problems incorporating Google's feature set. Plus, he says HTC is demanding a guaranteed minimum revenue from Google for using the operating system, which he implies means HTC doesn't think there will be significant demand for the Android-based handset.

In June, the WSJ said Google's Android software suite would likely not show up on handsets until late 2008, as opposed to its original plans to debut Android in the second half of the year. Insiders said carriers are having trouble customizing Android so it promotes their own Internet offerings. Meanwhile, handset makers are having problems testing and building custom user interfaces to meet carrier specifications. [FierceWireless]

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