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May 14, 2007 / Bob Black

The Google Phone

Rumors disspelled here.

OK, not quite. But I have done a fair amount of reading on the subject, and this article seems to put the most realistic spin on the fabled Google Phone (GPhone), rumored to be released by Christmas, 2007.

So here’s the gist:

  • The GPhone won’t be an iPhone clone – it will probably be a software product using someone else’s hardware.
  • It will probably be very cheap, maybe even free, paid for by advertisements. This would make it very appealing to billions of cell phone customers.
  • The phone’s strong point (and a very strong point it seems to be) will be providing location aware search results. So for example, if you’re getting off a plane at Chicago Midway and search your GPhone for “taxi”, you’ll get a list of taxis that service Midway.
  • Given that your phone can let Google know where you are, the possibilities are endless. Google Maps, for instance, could provide you with nearby restaurants, gas stations, and hotels at a button click.

The iPhone is targeted towards the type of people who need, and can afford, a $5 latte every morning. I think the GPhone, on the other hand, will quickly be picked up at your local retail store by… well, everyone else.

(I still think the iPhone is mondo cool.)


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  1. Bluebeetle(one) / Mar 12 2008 2:34 pm

    IMO we should see a Gphone before the end of the Summer in the USA then in Europe.

    The question is not
    Will we see a Gphone but How much will it cost…


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