There's been an ongoing rumor for almost three years now that Google was going to launch its own mobile phone. Then Android came out and the rumors calmed down. Well, they're back...
First, financial news/analysis/gossip site, The Street, reported that a Google branded phone was coming out, based on the speculations of Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar. Then Mashable.com jumped into the fray by repeating the report and Twittering it - the rumor is all over Twitter today.
Some of the commenters to these stories have their feet a bit more firmly planted in reality and are at least making credible suggestions. For example, IF the rumor is true, the speculation is that it would be a phone from& Samsung. This at elast makes sense since Google would only put out a phone from a major manufacturer and Samsung jumped on the Android bandwagon early and hard.
Others speculate that this (again, IF true) is clearly a reaction to the success of the iPhone and an attempt to stem the dominance of the iPhone and its Apple OS in teh mobile smart device marketplace.
On the other hand - this is a persistent rumor and very unrealistic. Google would have to develop a whole new support system and infrastructure. It would be getting into very unfamiliar territory.
A more likely scenario is a much stronger partnership with a powerful device running Android and perhaps the rumored Chrome OS from& Google that would be a serious competitor to the iPhone, seeding possible success for Chrome in the future. Plus Google won't be blocking VoIP apps from its mobile devices, will it?
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