UPDATED 09:09 EDT / OCTOBER 29 2010

Android a Savior for Motorola, HTC

Motorola had a pretty good third quarter, largely due to Android’s rising demand.  The handset maker didn’t have any smartphones a year ago, but has since rleased an entire lineup of android-powred devices.  The end result?  Motorola’s first growth quarter since Q4 2006.

Motorola repored a 6% sales increase year-over-year, rising to $5.8 billion with a net income of $108 billion.  The manufaturer sold 3.8 million smart phones during the third quarter, with more than a third of total sales being smartphones. Device sales jumped to over $2 billion, from $1.7 billion last year.

The Droid lineup in particular has brought Motorola back into demand, giving the company an opportunity to regain relevance in a rapidly changing mobile market.  From a platform standpoint, Android is enabling a number of manufacturers and businesses to operate on a level that brings them much closer to the consumer, in more personalized ways.

HTC was one of the lucky ones, too, with an underdog position as the smartphone battle geared up for war.  The early Android partner saw great success with its G1 and myTouch distribution through T-Mobile, helping to usher Google’s mobile platform into the world.

HTC has been a little behind the scenes since major manufactures have taken their place amongst prevelant Android device makers, but the company still has a great outlook for a repeat year of success.  The company expects fourth-quarter revenue to more than double to $3.27 billion.

HTC hasn’t named Android as the reason for its outlandish projection for the coming weeks, but smartphone demand isn’t going anywhere, and HTC intends to continue making the devices.  HTC is looking to meet the demands of smartphone orders, which has risen to 9 million units since last year.

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