The two Android handsets that are already for sale from HTC via T-Mobile cost over $100. The just-launched myTouch 3G sells for $199, and the G1 has dropped in price to $149 or lower, depending on where you shop.
In order for Android to really penetrate the mass market -- which I fully believe it will do -- prices need to drop to under $100. According to senior product development manager at Samsung, Casey Ryan, low-cost Android handsets are on the way. He told the New York Times. "By next year, touch-screen phones, with full Web browsers running the Android operating system will be available for well under $100."
That's good to hear. Though it is still a bit rough around the edges and lacks the depth of some other smartphone platforms, Android has a real shot at becoming a mainstream mobile operating system.
If Samsung, Motorola, and other phone makers can offer the right combination of features and price points, 2010 could be the year when Android adoption truly takes off.