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Google phone just two weeks away?

updated 08:40 am EDT, Fri August 24, 2007

Google Phone in Fortnight

The frequently rumored Google phone could be announced in as little as two weeks, claim Indian sources familiar with the search engine giant's press release efforts. An official release would come within a "fortnight" and would initially release the phone simultaneously in Europe and the US. Indian companies have recently begun talks but could potentially see the phone carried by one of multiple networks in the country, including the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam as well as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar. Google is reportedly also negotiating Google Talk and search features for carriers in the area, though this is actually less certain than the phone announcement, according to the sources.

The Mountain View, California-based firm said it wouldn't comment on "rumour or speculation" but once again sidestepped any outright confirmation or denial of the claims, stressing only its current partnerships for delivering applications and search tools. "We have nothing to announce at this time," a Google spokesperson said.

An actual release date for the potential phone was not provided through the leak, though the Indian report noted that rumors begun in early 2007 had pegged a release within a year, pointing to an early 2008 release for the finished device. The initial claim would have had Google produce a Linux-powered touchscreen device that would depend heavily on Internet access to run applications. Speculation quieted down during the spring but was reinvigorated this summer when Taiwan component makers and other sources claimed that handset maker HTC had been asked to produce the device on Google's behalf. Regardless of its immediate plans, Google is already taking an active interest in licensing part of the soon to be auctioned 700MHz frequency in the US and is suspected of planning ad-based phone service as well as its own mobile broadband initiative.

No word has been received as to how a Google-branded phone would affect Apple, LG, and other cellphone designers that have integrated Google programs into their phone software. Google chairman Eric Schmidt sits on Apple's Board of Directors and is unofficially credited with spurring the use of Google Maps on the iPhone as well as YouTube on both the iPhone and Apple TV.



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  1. jarod

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    Makes no sense

    A Google phone makes absolutely no sense in the Google Business model ESP with Eric Shmidt on Apple's board AND with all the plans Google and Apple have together. Get real people. This is pure bullshit from some moron that has too much time on their hands.

  1. bobolicious

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    On the contrary...

    ...a locked in proprietary 'free' ad based phone service with push gmail may be the 'next big thing' & may explain why Apple nonsensically (to me) had to work with Yahoo for email...

    It takes google's MO to cell phones - Big Brother & Orwell would be very proud! ;-)

  1. DCW

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    gPhone?

    Indeed, the cell market is huge - but I didn't notice any integration with the Mac, or it even being able to sync with any of iApps the iPhone currently uses (calander, Mail, iPod functionality, etc.) Although it having Gmail and YouTube would obviously help. Perhaps this proposed phone steered clear of these offerings, in order to not ruffle Apple's feathers and to offer something different? Ehh, just musing; my $0.02. -dcw

  1. testudo

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    Re: makes no sense

    A Google phone makes absolutely no sense in the Google Business model ESP with Eric Shmidt on Apple's board AND with all the plans Google and Apple have together. Get real people. This is pure bullshit from some moron that has too much time on their hands.

    Could you please discuss what are all these plans Google and Apple have together? So far the only thing you can point to is YouTube on the iPhone/AppleTV. Oooh. How exciting. As was mentioned, they couldn't even get gmail on the iPHone.

    Plus, there's no rule that just because you're on the board of a company you can't compete against the company, nor have to play nice with said company (h***, if there was, Bill Campbell would either be gone, or Quicken for Mac would be a worthwhile purchase).

    And is that the interface that is supposed to be on the phone? If so, ewwww.

    And I wish Eletronista would fix its broken forums, where posting goes to the last page you opened, not necessarily the one you are in. Maybe someone should show they how to use tabbed browsers.

  1. parsec_kadets

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    Now way.

    There's no way a Google phone is going to be released in the next two weeks. Not in the US anyway. If that were the case we would have seen something leak out of the FCC a long time ago. Apple, the masters of keeping products secret until the last second, had to announce the iPhone 6 months in advance because they couldn't stop the FCC from spilling the beans. If Apple couldn't keep the iPhone secret, what makes you think Google could?

  1. parsec_kadets

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    GMail

    "As was mentioned, they couldn't even get gmail on the iPHone."

    Where the h*** have you been? The iPhone has supported GMail all along. They even list it on the Add Account screen before .Mac.

  1. kcarnews

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    Um...really?

    A big project like a Gphone would *have* to rely on many component suppliers and service providers. I really haven't followed the buzz on this rumored product, so I'm asking you all:

    Have there been leaks from providers of chips, batteries, screens, etc. about this phone? What about cell phone service providers? The FCC?

    If a public announcement of this product were only two weeks away, I think, other companies would be named. The iPhone rumors were fairly substantial before the iPhone's release, esp. for an Apple project. I can't imagine Google would be tighter-lipped than Apple.

    Just a thought.

    Testudo: you wrote

    "Plus, there's no rule that just because you're on the board of a company you can't compete against the company"

    My guess is that there *are* rules against direct competition. Schmidt has a fiduciary responsibility and probably a contractual obligation to work as a board member in the interest of Apple. He probably has to report when he's faced with a conflict of interest in his positions with Apple and Google.

    We'll see. Maybe Schmidt and Jobs figure that there's room for a gPhone and iPhone in the same market...

  1. testudo

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    Re: um...really

    If a public announcement of this product were only two weeks away, I think, other companies would be named. The iPhone rumors were fairly substantial before the iPhone's release, esp. for an Apple project. I can't imagine Google would be tighter-lipped than Apple.

    The iPhone rumors were around for years and years, but most probably had no basis in fact (just wild speculation). But using Apple as a guide is bad, since they are so quiet on 'unannounced products' that it just makes the hoards speculate madly and chomp on any rumor that hits the street.

    But the gPhone rumors have been just as hot for the last 6 months/year. Its just not reported as heavily on a mac-centric site (electronista not-withstanding).

    And keep in mind Apple pre-announced the iPhone 6 months in advance. So google could do the same thing, where there wouldn't need to be leaks.

    Testudo: you wrote

    "Plus, there's no rule that just because you're on the board of a company you can't compete against the company"

    My guess is that there *are* rules against direct competition. Schmidt has a fiduciary responsibility and probably a contractual obligation to work as a board member in the interest of Apple. He probably has to report when he's faced with a conflict of interest in his positions with Apple and Google.


    Actually, Schmidt's first fiduciary responsibility is to Google. There's the ethical requirement for him to recuse himself from a discussion that would be seen as a conflict of interest (as there is in public office or the like). Just as it would be in his best interest to recuse himself, or just quit, if Apple starting talking about getting into the portal/ad business (or apple would ask him to leave).

    But you could also argue that, while they're both 'phones', they would be two different products aimed at different audiences. And bear in mind that the iPhone business is currently a very small part of apple's business.

  1. cameronx

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    2 weeks away?

    That would put the gPhone coming out around Sept. 7.... Hmm, why does that date/time frame sound so familiar? Oh, it's because Apple typically does some event early in Sept.

  1. junkie

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    2 cents

    first, it is an interesting concept. iphone is tethered to itunes. gphone would be conceivably be linked to google's online apps. to me, while i love the apple stuff and don't use gmail or gcal, I think it is a more powerful combination to have a direct link between the wireless device and an online service. Why do you need the PC as an intermediary? your addressbook could live in gmail, your calender in gcal, your recent email - right there and this might all be accomplished with no syncing - all over the net. that seems like a huge plus. I dread having to sync the iphone all the time. if I have dotmac, why do I need to plug my iphone and sync? just use wifi, edge, BT - do it in the background.

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