article at the British Observer, Google and Orange are in talks to
co-develop a mobile phone. Executives from Orange flew to Silicon Valley in
California for a meeting at Google's headquarters to hold preliminary
discussions about a joint deal. The companies believe that they have an affinity
as brands that are perceived as both 'positive' and 'innovative'.
Nevertheless, most interesting is The Observer's speculation, that the device
might be manufactured by well known HTC. Since HTC and Orange are already
cooperating (both launched the first Windows Mobile Smartphone together) there
is a good chance, that also the "Google Phone" might be Windows Mobile-based but
in addition it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically
improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile
A source close to the talks told The Observer: "Google are software
experts and are doing some amazing work compressing data so that the mobile
user gets a much better experience. They don't know so much about mobiles,
but they are eager to learn from Orange's years of experience."
Among the potential benefits are location-based searches: aware of your
handset's geographical position, Google could offer a tailored list of local
cinemas, restaurants and other amenities, and maps and images from Google Earth.
It is believed that the Google phone would not go on sale before 2008.
Well, all this is speculation and rumor yet but if you read the article over at
The Observer it sounds reasonable.
Cheers ~ Arne