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The Next Gphone

It’s definitely time for more Gphone rumors, don’t you think? Read Write Web reports today on a rumored Gphone from Samsung.

Once the topic of furious rumor and debate, the Gphone has cooled off. The first Gphone, the T-Mobile G1, debuted in October. While it was pretty cool, it was obviously far from perfect.

Design issues with the slide-out keyboard gave many pause, and naturally there have been a few other issues with Google’s Android OS. Many have said they’d rather wait until Google irons out the issues that plague all new OSes.

Whether the issues with the phone or the operating system have dampened the popularity, since the G1 premiered, there have been almost no rumors about future Gphones. Motorola’s promised Gphone was originally due out next quarter, but probably won’t premier until the end of the year.

Gphone Is Here (Almost)

the first android gphone, T-Mobile G1The much-discussed, oft-denied-until-confirmed Google Android “Gphone” is . . . here. Almost. Today’s announcement doesn’t come from the pages of the Wall Street Journal (okay, well, I did see it there, too), but from Google itself.

The announcement? T-Mobile has the first Google Android “Gphone,” the G1. If you pre-order the phone for $179.99 (plus taxes and fees; two-year agreement required), it will be delivered to your door—”as early as” 22 October 2008.

Comparisons to the iPhone are inevitable, but can I just say my jaw actually dropped watching the Flash movie with its features?

  • Touch screen
  • Customizable home screen
  • Phone flips open for a full QWERTY keyboard
  • Three megapixel camera

Motorola Readies Its Gphone?

Unless someone’s better at keeping a secret than Motorola’s being, the second Gphone to hit the market will be coming to the US in Q2 2009 (Europe, Q3 2009), according to a Business Week report. The phone is slated to cost about $150.

Like the T-Mobile G1, manufactured by HTC, Motorola’s Gphone is slated to feature a touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Of course, last week’s reviews noted a few deficiencies in the first Gphone’s design, including issues with the keyboard/phone layout. Motorola’s latest phone, the Krave NZ4 (Engadget review) is a flip phone with an external and internal touch screen. It just arrived with Verizon last week.

Business Week also reports that Motorola’s Gphone will feature “a host of social-network-friendly features”:

GPhone: Low Cost, Low Tech?

The highly-touted, much-rumored GPhone may (or may not) actually be a reality—but it may not take the form we’re all expecting.

Ever since the rumor first began late last year, the GPhone is portrayed as the next-gen iPhone. We all hoped, however, that it would be the cheaper alternative. However, USA Today reports today that the GPhone may go another route: low cost, low tech.

Aside from the most recent infamous leaked pictures (which confirm the low cost/low tech theory), USA Today cites Google’s recent acquisitions of Jaiku and Zingku as evidence of this direction. (Okay, the didn’t really cite the photos. But they should have.)

Just Bought an iPhone 3G? Sucker! Gphone is on the Way!

OK, I’m exaggerating the headline a little–I’m mostly jealous of those of you who’ve snagged a new iPhone–but rumors have resurfaced that Google is in fact working on a "Gphone."

It seems that Google may have deeked us with its launch of Android–which was enough to stop the chatter about an actual Google piece of hardware. From TechCrunch

But today Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin and CEO Eric Schmidt made nebulous statements that are leaving us wondering if Google is now thinking of building that gPhone: “The trio of Google execs also used the opportunity to talk about the inroads the company is making with its own branded mobile phone as a replacement for the iPhone.”

Gphone Sold Out; More iPhone Killers to Come?

t-mobile g1, the first android phoneIt’s been just over a week since T-Mobile premiered the G1, the first cell phone with Google’s Android OS. Although the phone won’t be available for three more weeks, T-Mobile has already sold all of its preorder units.

That’s right, folks. The Gphone is sold out.

Of course, T-Mobile most likely set aside a significant number of G1s to be sold direct in stores. One report cited by Business Week said that T-Mobile expects to sell up to half a million G1s this quarter. Their order with the phone’s maker, HTC, naturally, is for a much higher number: 1.5 to 2 million.

As Unwired View points out, two million isn’t a whole lot compared to the iPhone’s early predictions (10 million). But considering the amount of competition we’ll be likely to see among Android handsets, it’s probably plenty.

Will Google Turn to HTC for GPhone Production?

htc-gphone Forbes is keeping the Google GPhone speculation going with the suggestion that Google could turn to little-known cell phone manufacturer, HTC.

As we’ve already speculated ourselves, it makes sense for Google to focus on the phone software and let someone else take care of the actual phone hardware. Remember Google, doesn’t want to be a manufacturer.

Forbes suggests that HTC is being discussed as a partner “behind closed doors.” They also suspect that Google may have a wide range of phone providers at launch.

…even if a Google-HTC partnership materializes, HTC would likely be one of several Google hardware partners. Industry sources say China’s e28, a fast-growing Linux smart phone specialist, could also grab a piece of the action. Taiwanese electronics conglomerate Hon Hai and Korea’s Samsung are also mentioned.