I’ve been holding off on sharing this information, which is really mostly rumor and speculation, up to this point – but Google is supposedly readying the launch of a new cellular phone which will come GPS and have built in access to Google Maps, Gmail, Calendar and Docs.
Google previously bid for the FCC’s 700MHz wireless spectrum, one which could be used to operate a new Google cellular phone service, and as I previously reported they acquired GrandCentral (I handed out around 75 invites to the beta service), a unified messaging platform which provides “find-me, follow-me” service, voice mail, and other goodies.
If you think about it, with the convergence of Voice into IP and the ubiquity of the Web it makes perfect sense for Google to play in this game and disrupt all of the natural players. And a well integrated Web / phone device would be a great starting point.
The latest fuel to the fire comes from Mark Hopkins who claims to have an inside source at Google that is confirming that Google will announce their new phone device by early to mid September 2007. His source is also claiming that the device will be:
- Linux based.
- GPS enabled.
- Demo’ed in 2 weeks with a general US release to follow a little later.
If all of this turns out to be true, and I could surf the web, write articles on my blog, and watch online videos on this device – in addition to all of the cellular phone features we are already accustomed to (syncing with Outlook, etc.) then I’d be tempted to buy one. Otherwise I’ll just stick with my PPC-6700 which already does all of this.
Here are a few other people reporting the same story: