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$97 Android

10:00 PM -- Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is currently selling the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) G1 for $97, the lowest price yet seen for the debut Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android handset.

This could suggest that the vendor is clearing inventory of the G1, possibly ahead of the launch of the HTC G2. Or it may mean that Amazon is just way overstocked on the G1 and needs to lighten the load. (See MWC 2009: Huawei's Android Under Glass.)

Whatever the case, the pricing illustrates how much closer Google and friends are to the standard cellphone playbook than Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is with the iPhone.

We've already seen price drops on the Google phone aside from the Amazon $97 gambit, pretty standard for a device that is nearly six months old. Apple and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), in contrast, are still charging $199 for the older 3G iPhone.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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