Rumors have been swirling again this week that HTC's first venture into the wide world of Android won't be hitting the street until next year, seemingly started by an analyst at Global Equities Research who quotes alleged in-the-know contacts in a new report. Obviously, the company's ability to deliver Android-powered devices depends as much on the Android team as it does on its own ability to execute, but HTC has released a follow-up statement to the report saying that it's still "on track" for a Dream launch in the fourth quarter of the year. The proof is in the pudding, of course -- and we have to believe there's a lot of nervous hand-wringing going on during HTC / Google conference calls right about now -- but we'll take it as a good sign.