Taiwanese handset maker HTC (who already have a touch screen phone on the market here in Australia) are mooted to be lining up a phone running a Google OS by the end of the year. The catch is? One of the industry analysts quoted in the article says the phones won't be for sale, but are demos which will be provided to developers as proof of concept. The rumour mill has it that Google will partner with a number of handset manufacturers rather than putting its own device on the market.
If the idea of lockin to one phone company, or of Apple's overzealous policing of third party apps on the iPhone (or hell, the fact that we won't have the iPhone here until some time next year!) has you looking around for iPhone alternatives, then like me you'll be keeping an eye on this one.