Google by HTC Corp.,
SOLD DIRECTLY TO CONSUMERS FROM GOOGLE WEBSITE!! BRILLIANT!
Google Phone becomes official!! After rumors for all over the web. http://macspotlight.blogspot.com/2009/12/google-phone-by-google-true-or-false.html One thing is for sure, the pace at which Google is evolving is stepping on everyone's toes even their own allies. This might make HTC, Motorola & T-mobile a bit nervous... Posted by Mario Queiroz, Vice President, Product Management confirms that it is true the phone is being tested. What's not clear is why they felt that they should make their own phone rather than improve on what their partners are doing. Steve Ballmer thinks their confused and can't figure them out.
While the rest of the millions that went out to buy the dozens of new Androids and waiting for the Eclair Update 2.0. Google's on to the next one.
We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.
Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.
Posted by Mario Queiroz, Vice President, Product Management
But rest assured that whatever Apple releases this summer that's currently being tested in San Francisco might blow out the steam from this project if Google doesn't get it right.
More on the Google Phone:
CNET TV Associate Producer Jason Howell, who had a very brief hands-on with the gadget Friday night and first relayed the news on Twitter, confirms that the "mobile lab" device is an HTC phone running the Android 2.1 operating system.
"I knew it was an HTC device," Howell said. "It looked like the Touch, but was a lot thinner...it was a slick-looking thing and very nice." He also spotted a trackball and four standard Android menu controls, and he said the display was "supersharp" and rivaled that on the Motorola Droid.
The phone is “really, really fast,” says someone who has seen one in action. It runs on a Snapdragon chip, has a super high-resolution OLED touchscreen, is thinner than the iPhone, has no keyboard, and two mics. The mic on the back of the phone helps eliminate background noise, and it also has a “weirdly” large camera for a phone. And if you don’t like the touchscreen keyboard, a voice-to-text feature is supposed to let you dictate emails and notes by speaking directly into the phone.