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Google Phone has been a subject of many rumors lately. Mark Hopkins, a technology podcaster, says he got the confirmation of the Gphone after talking to an insider Google (GOOG). He said that the Google (applications) Suite is going to play a huge role in the […]

Google Phone has been a subject of many rumors lately. Mark Hopkins, a technology podcaster, says he got the confirmation of the Gphone after talking to an insider Google (GOOG).

He said that the Google (applications) Suite is going to play a huge role in the usability of the GPhone, and the thought process behind it’s functionality is less about beating the iPhone and more about beating the $100 Laptop, which provides a huge clue behind what will be the pricing structure on this….regarding the two week timetable on it’s release, he said he could not confirm that part of the story.

If that indeed is the case, then it makes sense for Google to be talking to mobile carriers in countries where PC density is marginal. By tightly integrating the Google Apps, Google Phone could become a viable rival to the much ballyhooed $100 PC being promoted by everyone from Nicholas Negroponte and Microsoft (MSFT), and will also over come the connectivity problem facing most of the $100 PC schemes. Of course, I have no way of confirming what Hopkins is claiming, so take this post with a big pinch of salt.

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  1. Anyone who claims they have the next OLPC killer because they have some sub $100 piece of HW that runs some productivity applications has clearly not personally worked with the XO. I have had the privileged, and like others who have also, the first thing you notice is that it is a collaboration tool presently optimized for education. It does not do the greatest job with PIM/desktop tasks because it was not designed for techno-gadget craving, white-collar workers. Have an educator do a review on the g-phone and then I might listen.

  2. Maybe so, but I have a problem with a computer phone when it comes to the real estate on the display.

    I have a difficult time navigating a simple web page on the iPhone, much less doing some spreadsheet or document application.

    I’ll be the first to admit I thought the computer (smart) phone was the end all, but I have reservations after using the iPhone.

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  5. Hey Om,

    I just wrote about it yesterday. The only speculation I did was the very existence of gPhone.

    I wrote about the “GPS for the masses”, I wrote about the integration of the Google Application Suite.

    I wrote about how they will be giving the phone for free. Well $100 price range is almost like a free phone :)

  6. I guess when I saw him say that’s intended to be “more about beating the $100 laptop” I didn’t interpret that literally. While it certainly makes sense for Google to try to penetrate unserved markets (“where Pc density is marginal”), I took that quote to mean that it’ll be more like a portable computer and less like a personal lifestyle device. I would imagine it’ll be cheap, dead-simple to use and popular among people who are tired of getting strong-armed into paying $600-$700 for fancy phones.

  7. startupflames.com Monday, August 27, 2007

    no way the google phone can complete with the OLPC. how can you have an office suite on a cell phone? How would you type or do power points?

  8. mark “rizzn” hopkins Monday, August 27, 2007

    Michael gets my gist correct. I’ll post an update on the blog later today saying as much. It’s been in the works long before they could really plan against an iPhone, firstly. If I remember the phrasing correctly from my friend, it went like: “…[T]hink $100 PC, but better,” intimating that it was geared to be more utilitarian than “fun” like an iPhone, NTM that since a lot of the function would be ad monetized, the overall cost would be driven down quite a bit.

    If you check out EP 116, about 7 minutes in or so, we go into extrapolation on my conversation with my friend … might provide a bit more insight for those that are a little doubtful or confused.

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