Google is said to be just two weeks away from launching the much speculated about Google Phone, or Gphone as it’s been tagged.
According to Indian-based Rediff, Google is in talks with India’s leading mobile phone carriers Bharti Airtel , Vodafone Essar and Bharat Sanchar Nigam. Apparently, the Gphone will be launched simultaneously in the US and Europe, and Google is said to have budgeted up to $8 billion to launch its new phone.
Rumors of a Google phone have been doing the rounds for the past few months.
Back in March a Google official speaking in Spain admitted that the company was investigating the possibility of offering a mobile phone, and British phone analyst, Richard Windsor, said that during CeBIT Google staff confirmed that a Google mobile phone was being developed.
“Google has come out of the closet at the CeBIT trade fair admitting that it is working on a mobile phone of its own. This is not going to be a high-end device but a mass market device aimed at bringing Google to users who don’t have a PC,” Windsor wrote in a note to his clients.
At the time Google spokesperson Michael Kirkland was very vague about Google’s intentions.
“”We’re partnering with carriers, manufacturers, and content providers around the world to bring Google search and Google applications to mobile users everywhere,” he said.
“What our users and partners are telling us is that they want Google search and Google applications on mobile, and we are working hard every day to deliver that.”
Earlier this month rumors surfaces that Google was been showing a handset to manufacturers and carriers.
All Google is saying at the moment is that:
“We don’t comment on market rumor or speculation. However, Google is committed to providing users with access to the world’s information, and mobile becomes more important to those efforts every day. We’re collaborating with partners worldwide to bring Google search and applications to mobile users everywhere. However, we have nothing to announce at this time.”
This sounds very much like the official Google line from earlier in the year, though that “However, we have nothing to announce at this time” does sound kind of open ended.
if the Gphone does eventuate, it will be interesting to see how Google positions it in marketplace, especially in relation to Apple’s spectacularly successful iPhone.
The iPhone is quite an expensive handset, so perhaps the opportunity for Google is to come up with an Internet-friendly handset for the masses. Now, that would be cool.