It looks like there’s a new player coming soon to the Android game. Hop-on announced today that it will unveil its first Android-powered device at the upcoming CES 2009 conference this January in Las Vegas. What’s more, the handset will be sold for less than $200. Considering Hop-on is most widely known for its low-end disposable mobile phones, we doubt highly this will be the step up from the HTC G1 many are waiting for. At around $200 however, we also wouldn’t expect it to be disposable. Hop-on blurb time:

Hop-on is committed in bringing the latest technology to the market, the Android open platform makes Hop-on competitive in the high end mobile phone market. This will create market value for our shareholders.

Another interesting consideration is the fact that Hop-on is currently working on a variety of mobile gambling and SMS wagering solutions. Might we see the first Android-powered smartphone casino courtesy of Hop-on? It looks like we’ll have to wait at least until January to find out but even if Hop-on has something sneaky up its sleeve, it’s highly doubtful that we would ever see it here in the US.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.