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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.

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I hope
By creathir on 3/8/2007 9:42:57 AM , Rating: 3
I hope ALL phones do not go to the "no button" interface. I have a Cingular 8525, and this lack of button numbers is a pain in the neck.

As I have stated before, this is the biggest problem with the iPhone (no, it is NOT the first touch screen phone... that belongs to several of the Windows based Smart devices... I love how Apple can LIE to us and no one calls them on it...)

The Google phone, as the iPhone, looks cool, but from a practicality point of view, the lack of buttons is a major issue.

Of course, time will tell how well both of these devices do, but for now, even though it is a pain, I'll stick with my fully functioning PDA phone.

- Creathir

RE: I hope
By TomZ on 3/8/2007 11:33:22 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. Designers for years have recognized the need for tactile feedback in buttons in product designs. Touchscreen is nothing new - it has been around for many years and is widely used in other industries. If the user can give the device their full attention and it has a large display, then touchscreen works well. Neither of these criteria apply for typical cell phone usage.

The iPhone will be successful only to the niche of users that like Apple and their aesthetics, and who don't care about the higher price tag. These types of customers probably don't care if the functionality is somewhat impared by the design.

RE: I hope
By raionz on 3/8/2007 12:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
its not so much about buttons free imho, but fingerprints.

Im not sure if it exist, but is there not a film or something that doesnt shows every single fingerprint on the screen?

RE: I hope
By Suomynona on 3/8/2007 7:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps they can come up with a touch screen that has morphic properties such that when you need tactile buttons on the screen they are there. I don't know if that made sense the way I worded it but I definately think it is possible.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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