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HTC quarterly sales up 58% thanks to Android

Not surprisingly, Google’s Android platform is proving to be a godsend for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. The company has released its June financial numbers today, showing its total second quarter revenue as $1.88 billion (up 58 percent from the same time last year), with $268 million in profit — up 33 percent from $202 million 12 months ago.

The impressive numbers are undoubtedly due to Android’s rise in sales since last fall. While Android’s success was driven by the Motorola Droid and its massive $100 million marketing campaign, awareness of that phone also helped the platform in general. And as one of the leading Android phone makers — HTC built the G1, the first Android phone, and went on to make the Nexus One, Hero, and powerful Evo 4G — the company is now inextricably tied to the success of Google’s smartphone platform.

Google recently announced that 160,000 Android phones are activated every day, and the platform’s meteoric rise has no signs of slowing down any time soon. HTC is also working on devices for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform, and there are also rumors swirling that it’s developing a high-end tablet running Android.

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