Official Google Phone Coming in January 2010, Testing Now

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


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    TechCrunch reports that Google has begun testing a new Android device with their employees. The new device is said not to be just another Android-based phone, but the official Google Phone that has been rumored for some time. From TechCrunch:
    This new phone is said to be a no-compromises version of an Android phone and has been reported to include these details/features:

    - Sold as an unlocked GSM phone, so in the U.S. T-Mobile and possibly AT&T
    - Android 2.1
    - Uses Snapdragon chip and is "really, really fast"
    - High resolution OLED screen
    - Thinner than iPhone
    - Two mics, one on the back to reduce background noise
    - "Weirdly" large camera
    - Touchscreen keyboard
    - Voice to text for dictation

    The Google Phone is said to be due for release in January 2010.

    Article Link: Official Google Phone Coming in January 2010, Testing Now
  2. macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    The Great Android Fragmentation continues . . .
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    I must say i havent even been interested in another phone other than the iPhone from Apple, but i think Google could make an awsome competitor. This can really only be good for us...
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    tmobile? perhaps the only worse choice than at&t. good luck with that carrier.

    other than that, i welcome competition to the iphone!
  5. macrumors member


    Dec 12, 2009
    It looks nice but really I could never see myself getting it over my iPhone
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    i know i will not be buying this. next non-apple topic please.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2003
    It's still just as relevant.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    I hope this device is wildly successful...

    ... and not only this phone, I hope Google does a phoneless version like the iPod touch.

    I hope they mop the floor with the current generation of Apple devices. Nothing else will spur Apple to innovate even more and hopefully cause Apple to relax their strangle hold on the ecosystem. I mean honestly, I shouldn't have to jailbreak my iPod touch to get the added functionality that jailbreaking provides.
  10. macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2008
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    that silver plastic strip around the bottom of the phone is hideous!

    its the same shape of my tv remote :eek:
  11. macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2007
    Eugene, OR
    Dang I wish it would come out for Verizon!!! =(
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    Shoooosh up!

    Hey if you like technology and big companies spending the monies they spend to continue to produce faster better cheaper devices then I'm all for it.

    Apple could become VERY VERY stagnant with the iPhone if it weren't for phones like this that make them say ... hey we can't hang out in the slow lane for the next 12 months and milk the current version like they have a habit of doing with most other hardware they build.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    yeah i find this very strange. i thought that Google wanted to be on every smartphone, not compete with every smartphone...
  14. macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    I am definitely interested in this phone, especially the part about it being sold unlocked from the start!

    Maybe that'll get Apple to start pushing their weight around to getting the iphone unlocked from the get go.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    hmm....I wonder how much it will cost since it will be unlocked right out of the gate....will it even sell in t-mobile or att stores? Or only to be bought online, best buy or circuit city?

    if it has a high OLED screen, plus a faster processor Apple may have to do an overhaul....

    in my honest opinion, the front of the iPhone is looking dated....with these new touch screen (and touch typing) phones coming out it should spur Apple to stay ahead of the 8-ball

    I don't put down other phones, but I like my iPhone a lot and don't plan on getting rid of it :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    This looks like a pretty awesome phone. But I'm with everyone else in that this will be healthy competition for the iPhone. ;)
  17. macrumors regular


    Jun 2, 2008
    I hope this actually turns out to be a real competitor. The iPhone is great, but it seems like they're waiting for a competitor to get really close, and then they'll release a much better version. (3g to 3gs was such a boring update because they didn't need to do anything exciting and they'd still be the best.) A january g-phone release gives Apple time to react/destroy this summer. I'm excited.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2008
  19. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    Looks like it could be a decent phone. But I don't trust google...

    I'm glad that guy (Eric Schmidt) isn't at Apple any more with an attitude like that.
  20. macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Feeding the dragon

    Amusing but feels like many manufacturers competing with the iPhone are making products to be fed on by Apple.

    Like raising livestock enriched with vitamins to feed a boa. LOL
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 17, 2008
    Seaford VA
    Why do people keep calling this a Google phone? HTC made it, not Google. You could also call any other Android cell phone a Google phone. This makes no sense at all to me. If Google made the phone, then yeah it could be called a Google phone.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Yes, I was thinking without the gray strip the phone would look pretty nice.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2008
    HTC Passion
  24. macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    You obviously didn't read the entire article: "The phone will be produced by a major phone manufacturer but will only have Google branding (Microsoft did the same thing with their first Zunes, which were built by Toshiba)."

    Same thing with the iphone. Apple doesn't make it, Foxconn does. Sure, Apple designed it, but they don't build them.
  25. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    In the same vein, Apple does not produce its phones, it contracts Foxconn to do so. Two can play that game.

    It's less about who produces it, and more about who will be selling it/providing support. Because, let's be honest, 99% of electronics is made in China/Japan/Taiwan by a separate corporate entity, so the difference between an HTC phone and a "Google" phone is that Google would be the primary support contact should anything go wrong. And that if Google doesn't want overloaded customer support, they have to put the fit and finish to avoid common problems.


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