5:40 PM -- High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) is keeping its pole position in the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) race with a second phone based on the Android operating system coming in Europe -- and now it has gotten the OK from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .
The HTC Dream is coming in Spring in much of Europe on the Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) network. (See Vodafone Launches Android Magic.) The phone, meanwhile, has been approved by the FCC for use in the U.S.
HTC already has the first Android phone on the market, the G1, in the U.S. and Europe. Rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. aren't expected to have Android phones out until the third quarter. (See MWC 2009: Huawei's Android Under Glass.)
It seems HTC could be the only Android vendor in town for a while.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung