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The Google Phone

December 12, 2009 1 comment

Chances are you have seen that some Googlers’ were tweeting about the rumored Google Phone at their last meeting of the year. Descriptions vary from simply “beautiful” to “A sexy beast. Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids.” Beyond the vague praise the only real information among all the tweets was that the phone is made by HTC, unlocked, runs Android 2.1, has animated home screen backgrounds and is due out in January. Hmm…does that sound a bit like something else we’ve heard about?

Now unlocked means that this thing is most likely GSM and so sadly not precisely what is coming to Verizon, but if you recall from the leaked HTC codenames in the 2.1 ROM there is both a HTC Passion and a HTC PassionC. Based on some of the existing device code names with “C”s next to them it was deduced that it probably stands for CDMA. If Google is really making a play at having the top dog Android phone out there would be no reason for them to limit it to one or the other. Here’s hoping come January no one is left out in the cold on this “sexy beast”.

It sounds like more info will hit the intertubes in relatively short order so stay tuned.

Update: TechCrunch is speculating that this will be a direct sell from Google as an unlocked GSM device. That would definitely preclude Verizon from getting in on the party. I still am holding out hope that this is just a slightly spun version of the Passion and that we will be getting the same tech on Verizon. I personally think that the posting on Google Blog points to testing of a high level new device, but a similar process went on with the Droid prior to release, so I’m not entirely sold on TC’s theory yet.

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