Android boss Andy Rubin told developers that Google expects 18-20 Android-powered phones on the market by the end of 2009, made by eight or nine different manufacturers.Presumably this means that Google and its allies have solved the serious performance problems that have held up nearly all phones since the G1.
We'll be especially interested in seeing how manufacturers and carriers differentiate the Android phones, whether Google's brand plays an increasing role in marketing them, and how cheap in the feature-phone market Android phones can get. (The cheaper, the better. Even Motorola still ships a lot of phones every quarter.)
With 18-20 phones, this also appears to resolve the question of when Android moves past T-Mobile in the US and on to CDMA networks.