Reports: Google to launch ‘Google Audio’ U.S. music service, Google-branded Android phone

Apple Online Store “Is Google gunning to become the next Apple? The search company is reportedly set to unveil its own music service and is also working with a smartphone manufacturer on an own-brand Android phone,” Daniel Ionescu reports for PC World.

MacDailyNews Take: The next Apple is Apple.

Ionescu continues, “Two separate reports from TechCrunch and The Street say that the search company is developing a music service, dubbed Google Audio, and a smartphone that will not be sold through traditional wireless carriers.”

“Michael Arrington of TechCrunch quotes multiple sources, saying that Google has ‘spent the last several weeks securing content for the launch of the [music] service from the major music labels,'” Ionescu reports. “Google Audio would be available for U.S. users, but it is unclear whether it will be a download or streaming service.”

Ionescu reports, “In a separate report, Scott Moritz of The Street, quotes analyst Ashok Kumar, saying that Google is also working to develop its own Google-branded smartphone, which will be sold through retailers, not through wireless carriers, by the end of this year.”

Full article here.

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Schmidt should have been gone the day Android was announced.MacDailyNews Take, July 10, 2009

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29 Comments

  1. Google needs to slow down. Needs to be Google not Apple. It is going to bite them in the butt. Can’t be all things to all people. Seems like their CEO was a mole now with a grudge. Instead of a board member!

  2. Is Google the new microsoft? Wait for apple to dominate a market THEN try to compete. Honestly though, if they want to be in the smart phone game, it makes sense for them to do this, since apple isn’t going to let them use iTunes.

    Seems it was a good time to get rid of Eric …

  3. This reminds me of Novell in the mid-90’s, when their CEO at the time was bent on competing with Microsoft, so he purchased WordPerfect. Ironically, Eric Schmidt came and sold WP to Corel.

    Google’s approach with their own brand of a smartphone is probably a good one. Unlike in the rest of the world, in the US, it is impossible to find a mobile phone without some very heavy carrier branding (and restrictions). Google’s phone will probably be the first unlocked device freely available on the market, that could be used with ANY supported carrier (presumably GSM). For many people, this would be great. However, the major disadvantage to this option would be having to pay full price for a phone, only to put it on a standard carriers plan (which normally includes a subsidy portion for a phone). No carrier in the US is offering a monthly plan that does NOT include a subsidy. When you sign with an American carrier, you get a free (or deeply subsidised) phone. Today’s rates ALL include this subsidy. Therefore, buying a phone separately, and at a full price, then bringing it to a carrier for a $40 per month voice (or $70 voice+data) plan is essentially giving free money to your carrier. In such an environment, Google will find it difficult to compete against an iPhone and even Droid, Storm, G1 or whatever current flagship smartphones US carriers have.

  4. For all that complaining about the fact that they should not be regulated as all the other carriers because they are not a telecom oriented business, the truth comes to light eventually. Google should now fall under telecom regulations with immediate effect and served notice to attend an enquiry to determine exactly where they see their business heading and therefor why they should not be branded as a telecom company and therefor extend telecom coverage to all areas of the US just as AT&T;et al are obliged to do.

  5. Google is in desperate search for their next money making machine, because so far nothing they’ve launched besides search has paid for itself. Google is just as concern about the forthcoming new Apple platform as the rest of the tech sector. Apple’s integrated user experience gives it unique insight into the next frontier on human integration technology that Google has yet perfect, and Apple’s new North Carolina data center is just the tip of the iceberg.

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