If youâ€™re at all paying attention to the news this week, youâ€™ve heard that Google has decided to jump into the phone market. You couldnâ€™t open a newspaper on Tuesday without a headline telling you all about it. Months ago, when the news started to break that a â€˜gPhoneâ€™ was in the works, the blogs and tech sites began to wonder as to what this phone would look like and how it would work. Mock-ups and â€˜leaksâ€™ were hitting the internet on a regular basis. As time went, the industry conversations gravitated towards not just one handset called a gPhone, but rather a few models using a Google based operating system. Was Google creating a brand new operating system for phones? Well, yes and no.
Google was in fact working with a couple dozen other companies on an operating system. An open source one to be certain.This list of companies behind this project reads like a â€œWhoâ€™s Whoâ€ in the technology industry. In the handset corner, you have Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola. In the carrier corner, youâ€™ll notice Sprint and T-Mobile. Looking further down the list, youâ€™ll see other major names like eBay, Intel, nVidia, and Texas Instruments.
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So what happens when all these guys come to the same party? Magic. What else would you expect from todayâ€™s movers and shakers? These companies have their hands in at least one thing you touch or use every day, if not most things. I have total confidence that Android will not just become a major player in the phone industry. I believe that they will revolutionize the market and force some of todayâ€™s names to either adapt their own model or risk extinction. Iâ€™m looking at you Palm. Does anyone actually think it is coincidence that Apple is releasing Developerâ€™s Kits so people can write programs for the iPhone? The number one complaint coming from people at its release was â€˜Why canâ€™t I install my own programs?â€™ How about RIM and the Blackberry? If youâ€™ll recall, just two years ago, you couldnâ€™t install anything 3rd party on one of their handsets. Google and their friends have been doing their homework and listening to people for a lot longer than you think.
Will the list of people jumping on board continue to grow? Without a doubt. Weâ€™re not even two days removed from the announcement and weâ€™ve heard Nokia say that theyâ€™re not ruling anything out yet. As more and more companies sign up, the potential gets that much better. I donâ€™t know about you, but I canâ€™t even imagine the kind of phone I will be holding a year from now. The scope is limitless.