For HTC to sell 1 million G1's in a period lasting just over two months is impressive. Remember, it took the original iPhone about the same amount of time to hit the 1 million mark. HTC and partners Google and T-Mobile have not sunk nearly as much money into marketing the G1 as Apple did for the iPhone, but the word is getting out there.
In fact, just this weekend I was visiting with friends who I'd not call "on-the-cutting-edge" when it comes to technology. Even so, they were interested in jumping from AT&T to T-Mobile because they find the G1 (and T-Mobile's voice plans) favorable for them.
Now, here's the real head-scratcher. HTC believes it will sell 1 million G1's by Dec. 31, 2008. Why, then, does it think it will only sell another 500,000 to 1 million G1's during the entire 2009 calendar year?
Right now HTC has the entire market for Android phones all to itself. It will have a four or five month lead on all the competition, as no other device maker has announced an actual Android-powered handset and given it a release date. The G1 is by no means perfect, but competitors are likely to hit the scene sooner or later.
I have to wonder if HTC sees the drop-off in demand because it knows what its second-generation Android phone will be...