Google Phone May — Or May Not — Have 3G

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At this point, there have been so many rumors and leaks that it’s a fairly safe assumption that Google is in fact going to release a phone under its own brand. The major question, though, is what features it will have.

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According to a report from DigiTimes, Google is debating on whether the 2.5G cellular-wireless standard EDGE will be fast enough for its upcoming mobile device, or if it needs 3G.

If Google decides to incorporate Qualcomm’s 3G chipset in this device, its release won’t be until first first half of 2008. If the company sticks with Texas Instruments’ EDGE chipset, this handset will hit the market before the end of this year.

What Are the Specs?

According to an earlier report, the Gphone will supposedly be based on a version of the Linux operating system, and all its applications will be written in Java.

It will reportedly include a web browser that, like Opera Mini, lets users scroll around on large web pages before zooming in on a specific area..

This source indicated that Google’s phone will be able to handle audio and video.

As for hardware, the search giant is said to be showing around several prototypes. What these supposedly have in common is a relatively small screen and a built-in keyboard. HTC has been named by several sources as the possible designer and manufacturer.

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