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Google to produce its own phone OS?

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue August 28, 2007

Google Develops Phone OS

Google's rumored phone development may actually be a phone OS, according to multiple sources familiar with the project. The Linux-based shell is said to have begun development shortly after Google 2005 buyout of the start-up firm Android, which was founded by former Danger head (and Hiptop/Sidekick creator) Andrew Rubin. The emphasis on the platform would be on a modular design that lets carriers and handset makers add or remove components as they please; only integration with Google's searching and other web tools would be a constant factor, according to the claims.

The report at once confirms and refutes previous claims that Google was partnering with an established hardware designer, indicating that the Mountain View, California firm was more interested in encouraging handset makers to use the Google mobile OS instead of altering the designs themselves. Stories of a release just two weeks away also appear to be supported by a belief on the sources' part that the announcement of the new platform will come shortly after the impending Labor Day weekend.

While only partly corroborated, the report if true will potentially complicate the relationship of Google with many of the companies that use its services in embedded phone software. Apple presently claims Google chief Eric Schmidt as a member of its Board of Directors and has used the latter's Maps, search, and YouTube utilities on the iPhone, while LG has also introduced YouTube and other Google facilities on a selection of its handsets.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    why would a software development company write programs for an OS that has no devices?

    why would a device maker adopt google OS when they have invested a ton of money in their current platform? some of which are owned and enhanced by themselves? would a company really dump win mobile with its 100's of programs and Office support for google os?

    if google does release a mobile os, it will be for their own hardware. they are willing to shell out over a billion for bandwidth. that just leaves the hardware and 3rd party developers.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: why

    3rd party programs? No problem. Just announce web 2.0 apps are your development platform of choice, and you've got third-party apps galore!

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