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Updated, see last paragraph: For a long time there were quite a few rumors about Google making a Gphone, its own hardware device. In the end it came out with Android, a software platform that it is promoting in partnership with 50 odd companies. The platform is […]

Updated, see last paragraph: For a long time there were quite a few rumors about Google making a Gphone, its own hardware device. In the end it came out with Android, a software platform that it is promoting in partnership with 50 odd companies. The platform is still under development, so to speak, as Mountain View-based search company works with partners to iron out the kinks. As we reported earlier, it has hit some speed bumps.

Android, however, shifted attention away from the possibility of Google making its own hardware. Looks like that plan to make Google-branded phone hasn’t been dropped entirely, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of their reporters is attending Allen & Company’s Sun Valley Retreat for media barons and he attended an impromptu press conference held by Google co-founders Larry Page & Sergey Brin along with CEO Eric Schmidt.

The trio of Google execs also used the opportunity to talk about the inroads the company is making with its own branded mobile phone as a replacement for the iPhone, as well as the Chinese market and how they’re treated there — and even Google’s inhouse educational programs and the salaries and potential of teachers.

The report, I admit is awkwardly worded but I wonder if any of the other reporters actually picked up more details from the tattling trio. It is not clear from the report if all the talk is about Android or if they actually mean a GPhone.The Google-branded handset is a bit like the Abdominal Abominable Snowman – much talked about but rarely seen. I emailed the press hotline and will wait for some clarifications.

Update #1: Michael Arrington says that San Francisco-based The Ammunition Group might be designing the new phone.

Update#2: Peter Kafka checked with some reporters in attendance and found out that there was no specific talk of a handset.

larry: we have android phones obvioulsy. I know that there’s a hypothetical google phone
eric: they’ll call it the google phone no matter what you call it. we’re just going to have to deal with this

Google, still hasn’t replied to our request – it is the weekend after all. 

Photo courtesy of our mates at Gizmodo via Googlified.

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  1. You’ve been watching too many late night ab-machine commercials, Om; isn’t that the Abominable Snowman?

  2. What…you don’t have a snowman in your abdomen?

  3. lewisshepherd Saturday, July 12, 2008

    hmm, “as a replacement for the iPhone” – wonder what Steve Jobs thinks of that plan.

  4. Talk about hubris. ‘Competitor,’ ‘challenger,’ ‘alternative…’ are all words you could use without sounding like a total tool.

  5. No, he was talking about the Abdominal Snowman; the rarely seen apelike animal cryptid said to inhabit late night TV hawking exercise equipment.

  6. Thanks for info Om!

    Now i have one lame reason not to switch over to AT&T. I have been one loyal and disappointed customer of Verizon wireless.

    Hopefully Verizon wireless gets the Gphone and all the verizon uses get some good phones.

    I don’t mind waiting another 6 more months for Gphone via verizon. But i also read that Gphone might be coming from TMobile.

    Cheers, Nag

  7. @Adam

    You got me on that. Sorry about the spelling mistake. I fixed it, thanks to your eagle eyed editing.

  8. @others…. you make a mistake you are going to get made fun of. what can i say. go ahead fellas :-)

  9. @Siry…. yup. I just wish they did one thing well that is not search or advertising. to be honest, they are not even doing search well these days – it is becoming virtually impossible to find stuff on the big g.

  10. Markus Göbel’s Tech News Comments Sunday, July 13, 2008

    I love to see the Android running on my Nokia N810. It seems like the system is nearly there. The browser is wonderful and fast.

    It’s such a great idea to develop such a system and make it run on different devices. I now have an OpenMoko which is totally open. Someone should port Android to it.

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  12. Looks interesting, can’t wait.. Keep us posted OM.

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