Google employees get Google Phones? (with image) [UPDATED]

“We told you the Google phone was confirmed. And now some Googler’s seem to be confirming it, too,” Michael Arrington reports for TechCrunch. “There is a lot of chatter on Twitter about Google employees with HTC-built unlocked Google Phones running Android 2.1. And the devices look to be coming out in January.”

Arrington reports, “It looks to us like Google may have handed out a lot of the new Google Phone devices today to employees, and naturally they’re showing it to friends.”

Full article here.

John Biggs writes for CrunchGear, “What if Google starts to sell this thing? This is “a big deal” on the level of Neo learning Kung Fu in The Matrix. This means Google is making hardware.”

Biggs writes, “For nigh on three decades computer manufacturers have been secure in their positions of power… But suddenly service providers are doing hardware. Amazon has the Kindle, Barnes&Noble has a lumpen Nook, and now Google has a phone. What’s next? The Credit Suisse Fondue Set?”

Biggs writes, ” When Dell launches a phone, it’s news. When Google launches a phone it’s a Moon Shot.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Puleeze. Potential users of fake iPhones rejoice (maybe), but enough with the massively overblown hype already. “Moon Shot,” our asses. All we ask is for at least a little bit of perspective.

[UPDATE: 5:45pm ET: Mario Queiroz, Vice President, Product Management, Google, explains via The Official Google Blog:

At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood”). Well this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level.

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.

Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.]

MacDailyNews Take: That doesn’t sound like an imminent Google Phone to us.

47 Comments

  1. Google isn’t building anything. Tje article specifically says it’s an HTC phone. The only thing google does that’s different from other Andriod phones is they probably won’t muck up their own OS the way other carriers have. Oh and an unlocked HTC is gonna cost in the area of $400 to $700. When google actually designs and builds the phone then maybe some hype may be in order.

  2. Apple designs and has a company build to spec. It is a lot different than a company asking for hardware to look a certain way and to run software.

    Apple designs and then has companies build it. That is the reason they leaped ahead.

  3. If this thing is on Verizon- that could bring me there. I’m still hoping Steve and Verizon can play “Let’s make a deal”.

    I’d hate to give up my iPhone- I’m still using the 1st Gen- I haven’t upgraded; don’t want to marry AT&T;for another 2 years. Please Steve- hammer something out with the “can you hear me now?” guys.

  4. This could be the first phone that runs Android the way it was meant to run and be very good, but what does that do to the relationships with other vendors using Android? Does this give Google an unfair advantage over their partners? That could be messy.

    I love my iPhone and will not use anything else. One, because it creates a seamless computing and mobile environment for me as a Mac user. And two, maybe the biggest and best reason, iTunes. Even for Windows users, iTunes will be the sticking point for anyone who would consider switching to the Google phone.

    Apple doesn’t need competition to innovate at an incredible pace, but more competition could stoke the fires a little bit more over in Cupertino. We all know Steve-O loves him some competition and doesn’t like to lose. Especially to those people that rip off his ideas. I believe Google is biting off more than it can chew.

  5. Everybody is recongizing the power of a vertical integration. Sooner or later (the day after Ballmer is fired, err retires) MSFT will forego all of its partners and do the same thing.

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