Posted November 5, 2007 11:12 am by with 8 comments

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UPDATE: The announcement is now confirmed, please see below.

There are many reports from credible news sources that suggest Google will finally put us all out of our misery and tell us what its mobile initiative actually is. Reuters, USA Today, and CNET are among those with "sources familiar with the matter."

Don’t have time to read all the buzz?

Here’s the 411:

  • They’re launching a mobile platform based on Linux.
  • It’s either going to be called "Android" (CNET) or "G-System" (USA Today).
  • Phone manufacturers on board include Qualcomm, HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. Nokia is conspicuous by its absence.
  • Wireless carriers signed-up include Sprint, NTT DoCoMo, and T-Mobile. AT&T & Verizon are hesitant to sign on.
  • The new platform will speed up phones and make them an open platform for developers.
  • Announcement will come today, actual phones won’t appear until early next year.

It seems Google is frustrated with all the "wall gardens" in the mobile phone industry and hopes that its initiative will open things up sufficiently to allow it a better opportunity to push Google applications. Hmmm, sounds a lot like its reasons for starting OpenSocial, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: We just received the following from Google…


Industry leaders hold conference call to discuss the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices, and the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of more than 30 technology and mobile industry leaders.

Monday, November 5, 2007, 9:00am pacific / 12:00 pm eastern

The following executives will participate in the call:
Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google Inc.
Andy Rubin, Director of Mobile Platforms, Google Inc.
René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile
Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corp.
Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm
Ed Zander, Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc.

With nearly 3 billion users worldwide, the mobile phone has become the most personal and ubiquitous communications device. However, the lack of a collaborative effort has made it a challenge for developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers to respond as quickly as possible to the ever-changing needs of savvy mobile consumers. Through Android, developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.

Toll-free: 800-817-2743
Toll: 913-312-1295
Confirmation Code: Google 8747527

  • It’s about time someone created an opensource mobile platform. I think we’ll all benefit. The more developers with the ability to create apps the better. I think it’s difficult to know where to start with the numerous systems used currently.

  • Early next year release… bummer

  • Dean

    It may not be the sexy GPhone announcment that every wants to hear but certainly a much more intelligent entry into the market. Unlike others who have sough to own pieces of the mobile market where they had no expertise or experience (yes, I am looking at you ESPN and Disney) they have partnered with leaders in the value chain and are focusing on what they are good at. And with open source, they are, in typical Google style, rocking an industry in long need of a wake-up call.

    You can have your GPhone, I am more comfortable with an LG or Motorola device stuff with useful (and controllable) applications from third parties running off a unified platform.

    Of course, the only downside is the carrier affiliation to Sprint and T-Mobile – not exactly the premier carriers on the planet. Once again, it looks like Verizon has stuck it’s head in the sand in hopes that all the iPhone and Android innovation will just go away.

  • If this will work Google may become biggest company at least in US if not, Google shares may die.

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  • @ Minicx..

    I was going to say something else in response to this post..but I never thought of the possibility, which you mention.

    If Google tries this and it goes “kerplunk”, it will be the first chink in the seemingly impenetrable armour of this behemoth.

    If on the other hand it succeeds, I think we could be looking at the birth of “Web 3.0”. It also might be a time to think of buying Google Shares.

  • Did anyone here have any idea when will Google launch this device in Aisa. I cant find any official announcements anywhere. It will be cool to have a cell phone like this.

    Nokia Tube’s last blog post..Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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