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The Google Phone Is Very Real. And It’s Coming Soon

BizAbh [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
10 years ago8,130 views

"Get ready for the Google Phone. It’s no longer a myth, it’s real.

The next “super” Android device will almost certainly be a HTC phone that’s much thinner than even the Droid or iPhone – The Dragon/Passion. This is the phone the senior Android guys at Google are now carrying around and testing, at least as of a couple of weeks ago. If you’re willing to give up the Droid’s keyboard, the Dragon/Passion is going to be a really cool phone. It should be fully available very soon.

Way more interesting are the rumors we’ve been hearing for months about a pure Google-branded phone. Most of our sources have unconfirmed information, which we describe below. But there are a few things we have absolutely confirmed: Google is building their own branded phone that they’ll sell directly and through retailers. They were long planning to have the phone be available by the holidays, but it has now slipped to early 2010. The phone will be produced by a major phone manufacturer but will only have Google branding (Microsoft did the same thing with their first Zunes, which were built by Toshiba).

There won’t be any negotiation or compromise over the phone’s design of features – Google is dictating every last piece of it. No splintering of the Android OS that makes some applications unusable. Like the iPhone for Apple, this phone will be Google’s pure vision of what a phone should be."

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David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Though techcrunch tends to be relatively reliable... its rare for them to be so sure while not mentioning their sources...

George R [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Techcrunch now has another story speculating that this device might have a data only plan. It would provide phone services via voip. ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

From George's link

<<The Google Phone May Be Data Only, VoIP Driven Device>>

<<The Google Phone may be a data only, VoIP driven device. And Google may be lining up at least AT&T to provide those data services for the Google Phone, says one person we spoke with today.

Users could still make calls just like a normal phone, of course. The calls would just be over the data service instead. In fact, this is the exact vision Google proposed back in 2007 when they were bidding on the FCC auctions for the 700MHz spectrum.

Google can even issue phone numbers to users via Google Voice. In fact, I’ve already ported my mobile number to Google Voice, and Google has plans to roll out that feature more broadly. Google Voice can also handle the VoIP function for the phone.>>

This would be awesome.

BizAbh [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

yeah sure , but when that service i will get here in India . its so frustrating not get google voice in india :(

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