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Google again denies making own phone

updated 12:45 am EDT, Sat October 31, 2009

Google insists Android 3rd-party only

Google tonight moved to quash rumors that it would make its own smartphone. The company's Android project president, Andy Rubin, says it would be unfair for Google to "compete with its customers" and that it remains dedicated to Android only as an operating system for outside hardware manufacturers. He adds that Google isn't particularly experienced at hardware design and that its influence on the T-Mobile G1's hardware design is more a negative than a positive.

The claim made for CNET may be supported by a rumor that Google co-designed the Droid, not only providing its official branding and full app suite but possibly guiding Motorola through much of the hardware design process. In this view, Google considers the Droid its signature Android 2.0 phone and as a consequence has gone to great lengths to boost its success.

Were it to produce its own hardware, Google would not only risk alienating HTC, Motorola and other Android partners but also Apple, whose iPhone depends heavily on Google services like Maps and YouTube. Conflicts of interest between the two regarding Android forced Google CEO Eric Schmidt to first recuse himself from some Apple board meetings and eventually to resign from the board altogether after Chrome OS created further conflicts.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why the h*** is Google able

    to help design the hardware for Motorola when Motorola has supposedly been in the cellphone business for umpteen years? I can believe it though. I don't know what sort of a design team they have at Motorola, but they sure as well must not have been doing their job for the past several years. I guess that's what comes from backwards thinking or designs based on style and not function. Motorola has one seriously messed up cellphone division. I don't know about the rest of the divisions, but based on the company's share price, the cellphone is the only division that matters. I was hoping that if Google were to purchase Motorola, they would breathe life into a dying American company. No chance of that, I see.

  1. broohaha22

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Typo alert

    Google tonight moved to quashed rumors that it would make its own smartphone.

    "quash" shouldn't be in past tense.

  1. thibaulthalpern

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Motorola Droid

    Well, if we take a look closely at the Motorola Droid the impression we get is that of a boring, business phone. It doesn't speak out and reach out to customers and evoke a "I want to use it!" response. Look at the design! Look at the earphone port. Look at the clunky or should I say chunky bezel! What a shame. Again, none of these companies are really taking design and user experience seriously. They're merely falling back to slapping on new technologies on to the same old designs.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    jeebus...

    who writes this stuff?

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    DeNile

    What's up with Google with their "State of Denial?" If the phone is non-existent, they need to explain their cause of falling out with Steve and Apple's Board of Directors...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: DeNile

    Falling out? Who knew they had a falling out? There was analyst concern over a conflict of interest, as Google is the main force behind Android (a mobile phone platform) and Apple has a competing product. Whether there was any actual conflict of interest is beyond the point, as it's the appearance that was the problem.

    A falling out implies name calling, people being escorted from the building, etc. The guy left on his own accord (in fact, even if it was Steve who wanted him gone, he could do nothing about it, since Steve didn't hire him, the stockholders did, and they voted him in for a full year).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Conflicts of interest

    It's too bad Intuit doesn't make any decent products for the Mac. Then maybe we could have a way to escort mr. campbell out of the building.

    Maybe if we start putting out rumors that Apple is working on a Finance app, the analysts will pick up on it and insist on him stepping down.

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