The Party Line — Phone Buzz of the Day


Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts:

An all-Google phone coming soon? (Times Online) — Rumors of a phone designed by Google (s goog) surfaced last week — the device would obviously use Android, but also bypass traditional cellular voice with deep Google Voice integration. News today alleges that HTC will make the phone for Google while Qualcomm (s qcom) will power it. Google always said that they wouldn’t build a phone, presumably so they don’t compete with their partners. If HTC builds it for them, they’re still keeping their word, right? As a big fan and user of Google Voice, I wouldn’t mind seeing this rumor come true — and sooner rather than later. Such a device could disrupt the cellular space.

Backup your Palm Pre data with a free utility (PreCentral) —  Backing up phone data is a hot topic these days and some folks have had problems with Palm’s Profile (s palm) and backup services of late. With a free utility you can manage your own data backup for a little more peace of mind.

1Password for iPhone free (Agile) — 1Password is one of my favorite Mac OS X (s aapl) programs — I use it to manage all of my passwords. Why then, would I be mentioning it in a phone post? Good question. Version 3 of 1Password — which I beta tested — is now available, and to celebrate, the iPhone companion app is a steal. Literally. 1Password and 1Password Pro are free until December 1. Run, don’t walk, to get either of these apps because the prices return to $4.99 and $7.99 respectively in just less than a week.



How much do you want to bet that the “Google Phone” is just going to be the successor to the G1? (the G1 is starting to get long in the tooth, rumors that it wont support Android 2.0, etc.; plus rumors that HTC is the device maker for this one, as well … just like the G1 had a Google design as well (the arc-slider being a Google patented feature))

That’s my bet:

The “Google Phone” will be the first actual “G2”. It will be an update of the G1, with keyboard, and lessons learned from the G1, as well as tech features that have evolved/matured in the last year or so.


Oh, and, other than that (being an updated G1), and maybe being more carrier neutral (AT&T 3G? AT&T+TMobile+Euro 3G?), it wont be a hugely controversial device. If it does have data-only with voice/messaging via Google Voice, it will be done in a way that is actually friendly to the carriers, not in an adversarial manner.

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