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.


  1. Kitch,
    There is a big difference Apple designs it’s products and has them contract manufactured to it’s specification.

    Simply OEM’ing yet another HTC android phone with “Google” embossed in the back is hardly revolutionary (barely even newsworthy).

    If google had actually designed and specified unique hardware that would be different, but that is not the case, it is just another HTC android phone…

  2. Isn’t it just another HTC phone that runs Android? If this was the first and only phone with Android, it may be a big deal, but at this point (and going forward), it’s just one of many devices fracturing Android’s market share.

  3. This is anything but a big deal… what we have is yet…another…also ran. But now you have a choice: pedophiles & porn addicts will gravitate towards the Android. The rest of us will stick with our iPhones…

  4. Let’s assume for a moment that Google has worked with HTC to actually construct a great mobile phone. Let’s even go so far as to say it is comparable to the iPhone.

    Now to use this fine device, you need a wireless carrier. Oops, that’s where things head south fast.

    If Google signs up with one carrier, like Apple did with AT&T;, then the other carriers are no longer going to be excited about Android phones. In fact, this would smell like another MS PlayForSure fiasco.

    If Google allows the phone to be used on multiple carriers, then each carrier will “customize” the phone for their system and hence screw up a good phone.

    Therefore, no matter how good the Google phone is, either Google or the wireless carriers will be doing their best to f_ck it up.

  5. What this means is that Apple will now have a sense of urgency to sell the next version of the iPhone through multiple carriers.

    Think about the ipod. Mac only, then Windows, then the Mini (now Nano) and eventually the Shuffle. Apple took every opportunity to expand the user base and didn’t allow any other company to swoop in the way MS did with the OS.

    Apple realizes they already have millions hooked on iTunes which provides a natural upgrade to the iPhone. They’ll just need to speed up the adoption rate with all the copycats coming to the market.

  6. Sense of urgency? Not a chance in He….

    Slow and stead, slow and steady.

    As soon as you let your competitors decide your next move for you, you’ve lost the game.

    This is in NO way a game changer…. time to ignore the hype.

  7. in a nod to what others have said, I can see the HTC logo. So the Search Company is NOT designing hardware. It’s not a Google phone. Its an Android phone.

    In other words, this aint Google’s “Zune” its just a nice looking device.

  8. Just what experience does Google have designing hardware? Zero. (That’s assuming they designed this and had HTC build it, which is a huge assumption.) So why would anyone get the slightest bit wet that Google’s designing a phone?

    Apple’s products get hype for a reason: the company has a long line of monster successful hardware designs. That’s why just the idea of an Apple tablet generates hype and everyone else’s generates yawns.

    I don’t get the appeal of a Google phone. What would Google bring to the table that no other Android phone has? It’s running the same buggy OS as all the others and would have the same features. Any “competitors” would soon have any new features via software updates and unless Google really wants to screw its partners by reserving some features for itself, there’s nothing to differentiate it.

    It’s pointless.

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