Techcrunch broke the news this morning that the mythical Google Phone was caught out and about (maybe its roommate, the Apple Tablet, asked it to pick up some milk?). According to Techcrunch, the phone is “really, really fast”, will have a Snapdragon processor, will have voice to text built-in, and is basically going to be an Android version of the HD2.
Google, meanwhile, is playing coy. They claim they are “dogfooding”, or testing software internally to drive their research and development. That sounds great, but as Phandroid points out, this is an awfully vague statement. Is Google testing some awesome Android app? Are they testing an entirely new Android build? It could be anything…even a port of the ever popular iFart app for Android!
Personally, I think it’s likely that these rumors are swirling because, like Motorola, HTC is working with Google to create a phone that really works Android. It could be another step towards tightening up the Android OS to keep it from fragmenting as customization-happy manufacturers (like HTC) skin it, twist it, and otherwise split it from its base form.
Just to play counter-point, I emailed Dan and asked for his opinion. His take on the news:
If the rumors are true there are some additional things that are quite interesting here. First, it pushes HTC even further into Android-land. The fact that the rumored hardware sounds a whole lot like the HD2 is no surprise but when the device ends up running Android even better than it does WM…
This also potentially addresses one of the biggest issues that Google is going to face. With a reported 50 Android handsets coming in 2010 Google faces the same fracturing issue WM never fully overcame. With Google having their own handset they can call the shots, make no compromises and have the device integrated with the OS far more seamlessly than before. That is huge!
And with WM 7.0 being delayed until the end of next year, real battle-lines are only now being drawn. No surprise it will be Apple VS Google.