HTC is struggling to meet demand for its flagship Android handset, the HTC Hero, according to the company's VP Asia-Pacific Jack Tong. Sales in Europe and Asia are very strong he said, which is causing production difficulties.

"The tight production will not be eased until November and the sales momentum of HTC Hero is expected to continue in the first quarter of 2010" said Tong when asked about the handset by DigiTimes. HTC believes that despite competition from a whole range of other manufacturers, it can maintain its lead in the Android phone market.

However Tong admitted that it'd take until the second half of 2010 to actually call the race, given Motorola's late, but strong-looking, entry with the Motorola Droid. There's also the recently launched US edition of the Hero to consider.