HTC’s WM sales down, Android sales up in Q1 2009?

logoAccording to the Chinese Commercial Times (via Digitimes) HTC’s Windows Mobile sales are down more than a million devices YoY between Q1 2008 and Q 1 2009. CT claims HTC sold between 2 and 2.5 million Windows Mobile devices in Q1 2008, and will only sell between 1 and 1.5 million this year in Q1 2009.

Continuing on this theme, CT claims that fortunately Android dales are picking up the slack, with Q1 2009 orders exceeding expectations at around 1 million, matching sales in Q 4 2008.

Of course having HTC’s Android sales nearly matching its  Windows  Mobile sales can only be considered bad news for Windows Mobile fans, but we have some reason to believe the report is based largely on speculation. As CT did not even know exactly what HTC’s Q1 2008 sales were, only giving a broad estimate of 2 to 2.5 million, these numbers are more likely to come from uninformed analysts than HTC insiders.

It does however ring a warning that HTC can not always be guaranteed to remain committed to Windows Mobile, and that Microsoft needs to work at creating a compelling product that can generate market excitement similar to Google’s Android OS.

Read the Digitimes report here.