Now that the long-rumored Apple iPhone has finally been officially announced, it seems the rumor mongers have turned their attention to another company: Google.
A job posting on this company’s web site is being taken by many as proof that Google is developing some kind of wireless device that can use its web services.
The job posting in question says:
Google organizes information and makes it accessible and useful. To improve accessibility, Google is experimenting with a few wireless communications systems including some completely novel concepts. We are building a small team of top-notch Logic Designers and Analog Designers aimed at nothing less than making the entire world’s information accessible from anywhere for free. Are you in?
The posting goes on to say that a qualified applicant needs to have an Electrical Engineering or related technical degree, extensive circuit modeling and analysis experience, and excellent programming skills.
Although rumors of a Google phone have been circulating for quite some time, this is the best evidence so far that this company is really considering such a device.
Not Waiting Around
A Google-branded phone or Internet tablet isn’t necessary to access Google’s services, as this company already offers mobile versions of many of these.
Those looking for a version of the Google home page formatted for the small screen on a handheld or smartphone can find one at http://www.google.com/ig/cp
Google has also released a stand-alone application that lets users access their Gmail accounts. This can be used on any handheld, smartphone, or even regular phone that is capable of running Java applications. It is available free of charge from http://www.google.com/mobile/gmail/
It’s also possible to check Gmail accounts through a web browser by visiting http://mail.google.com/mail/. This site can be accessed on virtually any handheld or smartphone with a web browser.
In addition, there is a mobile version of Google Maps. This lets users look at interactive maps and satellite imagery, find local businesses, get point-to-point driving directions, and view live traffic updates. More information on it can be found at http://www.google.com/gmm
All of these applications and the services they access are available free of charge.