Leaf International Communications, the sole distributor of HTC in South Africa has confirmed the Android Market, Google’s mobile application directory, will be available to South African users from August 2009.
“HTC was the first to launch Android-based handsets in South Africa during May 2009,” says Stephen Strachan, marketing director at Leaf. “At the time, the Android Market was unavailable to local users and, while we have developed a local application portal, it is great that consumer demand has resulted in Google allowing local users to access this popular global portal."
For the first time, HTC Magic and HTC Dream handset owners will have access to literally thousands of free applications. They can download a spectrum of apps, ranging from functional downloads to those designed purely for fun.
Android is an open source operating system, designed to optimise freedom within the mobile environment. It allows developers across the globe to write mobile applications for Android-based handsets. The Android platform was specifically designed around the Google experience and will continue to evolve as the developer community works together to build mobile applications.