Posted March 15, 2007 10:56 pm by with 4 comments

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The Google Phone rumors have been confirmed, (‘’ in Spanish) reports.

Hm… you don’t read Spanish? Okay, fine, here’s a human (my) translation:

The General Director of Google Spain confirms that the company is working on the development of a mobile phone

(originally by Estefanía Pérez)
Isabel Aguilera, General Director of Google in Spain and Portugal, has confirmed to that the company is working, “with others”, on the development of a mobile phone. “Our engineers have dedicated part of their time to investigating a mobile phone to access information,” Aguilera has specified to this portal.

The speculations about Google’s possible entry in the design and sale of mobile phones arose after the company recently published a job listing looking for engineers and analysts specializing in the telecommunications sector. In the same listing, Google specified that they are in a phase of experimentation with diverse wireless communications systems.

In a conference on integrating the Internet in business strategy, organized by the Association for Progress in Management (or Leadership), Mediterranean Zone, Isabel Aguilera has explained to that although 70% of the engineers’ time is dedicated “to developing our business nucleus, that is, search and advertising,” and some 20% to developing “products that have quite a bit to do with this nucleus”, it’s true that about 10% of their time centers on developing products “that at some point could be related to our business.”

Within that last field, Aguilera has indicated that a mobile phone to “access information” “has been investigated,” in addition to studying “the way to extend the information society to less developed economies.” The General Director of Google in Spain and Portual has noted that although “they might be products that can seem strange, all form part of our innovation process.”

At this time, the search engine has 36 products and “another 18 in the laboratory” and, since it’s in an experimentation phase, among those is the aforementioned mobile phone.

I hope that’s a bit easier to understand than the Google translation, which keeps translating Aguilera’s last name (that’s the ‘Eyrie.’). Ah, machine translation.

So, is this a scary encroachment or an awesome innovation?

  • Another example of google trying to dominate..

    It will be interesting to see what they come up with!

  • Daniel Vaughan

    Well, it’s not that easy as I can see.
    Of course, anyone can think that Google, Or Skype has enough technology to get into business and make a mess with Tel companies. Imagine. Free mobile to mobile calls (if they have data connection) and low rates to landlines all over the world.
    That will be consumers dream.
    But there’s something they have in the middle.
    They can be blocked by Tel companies. Ansd that will be hard for anyone of them to bypass.
    By the moment, computer to computer calls are free. And cell phones are computers in their whole meaning, some of them “state of the art computers”.
    Cell phones are data enabled by thousands day after day. I’m sure the big battle is coming, and I wish consumers will be the ones who have benefits at last.
    They (Tel companies and Google or Skype) have to find the middle way to this isuue, so everyone will be alive and kicking.

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