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Google-Powered gPhones Are On Their Way

Wall Street Journal says Google plans to make the underlying software open source

According to a report this morning in the Wall Street Journal, and quoting "people familiar with the situation," within the next two weeks Google is expected to announce advanced software and services that would allow handset makers to bring Google-powered phones to market by the middle of next year.

"The Google-powered phones are expected to wrap together several Google applications," writes Journal reporter Amol Sharma, "among them, its search engine, Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail email -- that have already made their way onto some mobile devices."

The report even names the manufacturers who are allegedly involved:

"Google has approached several U.S. and foreign handset manufacturers about the idea of building phones tailored to Google software, with Taiwan's HTC Corp. and South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. mentioned in the industry as potential contenders. Google is also seeking partnerships with wireless operators. In the U.S., it has the most traction with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, while in Europe it is pursuing relationships with France Télécom's Orange SA and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.'s 3 U.K., people familiar with the matter say."
So  much for our earlier report that iPhone had nothing to fear. Seems that gPhones are on their way after all!

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