Print 27 comment(s) - last by nunya.. on Mar 21 at 11:12 AM

This picture making the rounds on the Web purports to be a prototype of a Google phone.
Google's designs on the mobile market are becoming increasingly clear.

Anticipation of a mobile phone development projects within Google appears confirmed by a recent job posting at the company's Mountain View, Californa, headquarters.

The Google Jobs Web site currently lists an opening for a "first-rate analog designer with more than 5 years experience," to join an internal effort to create a new mobile communications device. The ad states, that "Google is experimenting with a few wireless communications systems including some completely novel concepts."

The posting goes on to invite applicants to consider joining the company's "small team of top-notch logic designers and analog designers aimed at nothing less than making the entire world's information accessible from anywhere for free."

The statements lay to rest any doubts regarding rumors that Google was actively developing a mobile communications hardware platform, although it remains to be seen whether the final product will bear any resemblance to images published by Web sites such as

The job posting will fuel rampant speculation and lend credence to reports such as the one recently published by venture capitalist Simeon Simeonov of Polaris Venture Partners. In his blog entry this week, Simeonov reports that Google has assembled a group of 100 employees to work on the project under the direction of Andy Rubin, founder of mobile device maker Danger.

Rubin's subsequent startup, Android, was acquired by Google in 2005, along with a mobile applications company Reqwireless. Simeonov also draws a link to Google purchase of Skia that year. The company's flagship product was a portable graphics engine designed for low-end devices, such as mobile phones.

Although Google has announced a partnership with Samsung to embed Google’s mobile services on select Samsung phones, the search engine giant still has not publicly acknowledged plans to develop its own mobile hardware. Google previously partnered with Nokia  to develop a mobile device to communicate over existing wi-fi networks using a mobile version of Google Talk.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Define Free
By paydirt on 3/8/2007 8:39:45 AM , Rating: 3
As consumers, don't get too excited about "free." I may be wrong, but I'm interpreting free as "with ads."

RE: Define Free
By alifbaa on 3/8/2007 9:21:56 AM , Rating: 2
yup. But remember that part of Google's mantra (at least now while they're still pretty young) is to let the user choose how to use their products. It's not inconceivable that some sort of ad blocker couldn't be laid on top of the interface either with Google's permission or without. Either way, Google is pretty good about keeping their ads less "in your face." For me, having VOIP, email, IM, and internet capabilities to anywhere from anywhere for the cost of a wireless internet connection is a good enough deal that I can probably deal with the ads. Also, there will undoubtedly be ad-free versions available from Google or others, and the price will have to be reasonable given the ubiquity an of these devices will achieve very quickly.

RE: Define Free
By TomZ on 3/8/2007 11:29:19 AM , Rating: 2
You're right - why else would they have such a large display for a phone?

RE: Define Free
By Wolfpup on 3/9/2007 10:40:49 AM , Rating: 2
I'll gladly take free phone/internet service if I have ads as a trade off. I'm spending $90 a month on the two combined, and that's about as cheap as I can go (I'm getting fairly good "deals" on both). That's a lot of money for me, and I'd GLADLY take ads to get either one free, or cheaper.

(As long as my phone calls and web use weren't being monitored in any meaningful way.)

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
Related Articles

Latest Headlines
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Samsung Galaxy S7
September 14, 2016, 6:00 AM
Apple Watch 2 – Coming September 7th
September 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple says “See you on the 7th.”
September 1, 2016, 6:30 AM

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki