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Google Phone is a “Go” for Launch; Yahoo Go Isn’t




It seems that it’s not just search that we see such disparity between Yahoo and Google–there’s a huge chasm between them in the mobile space too!

Google, emboldened by the early success of Droid, is moving forward with plans to build its own phone. While its Android platform is powering new cell phones–such as the Droid–Google doesn’t design the actual hardware.

That’s going to change early next year.

TechCrunch doesn’t have any more details that what we reported a month back, but there’s plenty of speculation and rumor to share:

We have some fairly good information that suggests Google is working with a Korean phone manufacturer on the Google phone – LG or Samsung. Samsung has multiple parts in the iPhone and could be pressured by Apple not to work with Google, which says LG is the more likely partner for Google…We’ve also heard from a good source that Google is planning a big advertising push around the device early next year – like January.

Man, there are going to be a lot of deflated Droid owners come January, if this all comes true. Which makes me wonder if Android is so new, that users will hold back from buying a phone, until they see what new hardware is on the horizon–effectively creating a catch 22 situation.

Meanwhile, back at the Yahoo batcave, Yahoo Go is being shuttered:

Dear Yahoo! Go user,

Yahoo! Go will be discontinued on January 12, 2010, at 12:00 a.m. PST, so that we may focus on simplifying and enhancing your future mobile Web experiences. After this date, you will no longer be able to use Yahoo! Go 2.0 or 3.0 from your mobile phone.

We encourage you to visit the new mobile homepage from your mobile browser to access an even richer, more personalized Yahoo! experience.

We appreciate your support and thank you for using Yahoo! Mobile services.

For more information and customer support, please visit the help center from your PC.

The Yahoo! Mobile team

I wonder how much of a role the iPhone played in its shutdown. With thousands of iPhone apps available, mobile users simply don’t want a “one size fits all” approach to mobile applications. The recently launched Yahoo Mobile for Web will apparently live on.