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Monday, September 22, 2008

Google's Android-platform gPhone makes a giant step off the desktop

Earliar in 2008 the top Google execs had gone on record, multiple times in the media in the last week, all saying the same thing that there is no gPhone. Google is engineering an open source multi-platform capable OS that any other member of the alliance is welcome to use in the design of a new cell phone. In the same way that Microsoft doesn't make your PC, it was speculated Google will not be making your new cell phone. But tomorrow Sep 23, the things will change forever with Android. T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG, is set to unveil a touch-screen device with a swiveling keyboard that incorporates some of the defining features of both Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry. The device, dubbed the Dream, is built by Taiwan's HTC Corp., which until now has kept a low profile as a contract manufacturer of other companies' phones.

-Android allows you to access core mobile device functionality through standard API calls.

-Combine information from the web with data on the phone -- such as contacts or geographic location -- to create new user experiences.

-Android does not differentiate between the phone's basic and third-party applications -- even the dialer or home screen can be replaced.

-The SDK contains what you need to build and run Android applications, including a true device emulator and advanced debugging tools.

Here are the sequence of events that have transpired over the making of gPhone 3G:
-Google purchased Android, a software company that makes software for mobile devices.
-Google filed a patent for a mobile payment processing system called Gpay.
-Google purchased Zingku and Jaiku, two companies that provide social networking services. Zingku offers applications for text messaging, sharing pictures, instant messaging and other networking features. Jaiku is a microblog site like Twitter, allowing users to post and read messages with friends.
-Google has expressed interest in bidding in the FCC's upcoming 700-MHz auction with the minimum reserve of $4.6 billion and the stipulation that the FCC agree to its "open devices" terms. This auction will sell off commercial blocks of bandwidth in the 700 MHz frequency. Google executives say they want the mobile phone market to become more competitive, allowing customers to buy any handset and use it with any phone service or operating system.
-Google is working on creating mobile device versions of its applications.
-Google continues to lead the market of Internet-based advertising.

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