Google Exec Confirms the gPhone

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A high-level Google executive has acknowledged that her company is doing R&D on a mobile phone, something that has only been rumored up until now.

Isabel Aguilera, the company’s Managing Director in Spain and Portugal, told the Spanish web site Noticias that Google engineers are in the process of creating a phone that can access its mobile services, such as its search engine, gMail, and Google Maps.

According to Aguilera, the goal of the project is to make these services available to people in developing countries, where PCs are rare but phones are relatively common.

However, she did not give any indication when this model would be released,

A Java-Based gPhone?

Speculation around this device generally predicts that it will be a smartphone capable of running Java applications. There are already Java versions of Google’s email and mapping applications.

In addition, it’s possible this model — sometimes referred to as the gPhone — will be tied in to this company’s other online services, like its calendar or even its word processing and spreadsheet applications.

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