Google Phone: Team of 100 working on Blackberry like….?

Lets see what Google already has for mobile– Gmail for individuals and Apps, GTalk on Blackberry, Google Maps(driving directions and traffic data), Google Search, Google News, Google SMS. A pretty solid set of offerings which are very targeted to what a user would really need on an mobile. What is missing? The Google mobile OS that preloads all of these apps together giving Google a far bigger reach than possible right now. I was pretty definite this part was already under works, and today’s post by Simeon Simeonov is just another pointer in this direction. According to Simeon’s inside source, Google is working on a “Blackberry-like, slick device” with C++ core w/ OS bootstrap, some VoIP offering, and obviously the above set of services rolled-up.

All this is being developed by the team of around 100 people led by Andy Rubin who had previously founded Android, a startup acquired by Google in August 2005. Not much is know about what was being developed at Android in its 22 months of standalone existence except for few guesses indicating it was a mobile OS.

Besides this, Google had gone through a relatively unknown acquisition of another mobile software developer Skia. Skia team was supposed to be working on a vector-based presentation engine that will deliver “state-of-the-art 2D graphics on low-end devices such as mobile phones, TVs, and handhelds”.

Where does all this information leave us? Well some more speculation for sure. As some of the early reports had indicated, Google is supposed to launch its mobile OS in early 2008. That is lot of time for rumors to go around and Nokias/Apples/RIMs/WM6s of the world to get worried for the first time for real.

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9 Responses to “Google Phone: Team of 100 working on Blackberry like….?”

  1. Avi Bryant Says:

    Danger was not acquired by Google – they make the Sidekick. The startup you’re thinking of is Android.

  2. Vivek Puri Says:

    Avi, You are right. Was just too tired today to get the right facts down.

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  5. Dovergeek Says:

    Hrm, this could be what Google and Apple are hush hush about. Isn’t OS X based on C code? An Apple iPhone loaded with Google goodness. That would rather appealing.

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  9. rohit kumar Says:

    The post kind of helped me. Well How you get ideas for such posts. sorry if it’s out of topic.

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