Even though Google has settled into the role of making an operating system for others to use, rumors of a Google-branded phone still circulate on the Web. The latest of these insists that a gPhone will be released early next year.
Google introduced the Android OS over a year ago, and quite a few companies are now making phones running it. For the creator of this operating system to launch a smartphone under its own name would be a real shake-up of the current system. Nevertheless, that’s what unconfirmed reports say is going to happen.
These rumors are quite vague, giving no description of this supposed model.
Andy Rubin Says No
Weighing in against the unconfirmed reports is a statement from Andy Rubin, the head of the Android project at Google. He said last month, “We’re not making hardware. We’re enabling other people to build hardware.”
That said, it has been pointed out that Apple repeatedly denied it was going to release a PDA almost right up until the day it launched the iPhone. While this was technically correct, it actually concealed what was really going on.
The latest report says that Google isn’t going to introduce a phone per-se but rather a MID: a pocket-size device that is focused more in mobile access to the Internet than making voice calls. This model — supposedly on its way to AT&T — will allow users to make VoIP calls, but mostly give access to the Web. Service will reportedly cost just $20 a month.
If this report is correct, Google will launch this model early in 2010.