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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 Gizmodo.com.

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 dont trust google with my contacts.
By Mitch101 on 3/8/2007 9:55:32 AM , Rating: 1
I dont trust google with my contacts. Same with google desktop I dont trust them with my documents on their servers. Google is getting to invasive to the point where I have switched back to Yahoo after about 5 years of google searches.




By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/8/2007 10:07:01 AM , Rating: 2
Short of their search engine and a gmail account I don't use any of their products. Let's not get into how bad Google Desktop can hose up a 2K or XP machine if not properly removed. Blasted kernel hooks.


By Webgod on 3/10/2007 9:58:48 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, I've never removed Google Desktop before. I need it even with Vista's built-in search to dig through my Internet history.


RE: I dont trust google with my contacts.
By drebo on 3/8/2007 10:47:38 AM , Rating: 2
Tin-foil hat time. Let's have a party.

Not.


By TomZ on 3/8/2007 11:24:35 AM , Rating: 2
If your data is stored on their servers, then they have control of your data. That is unacceptable to most businesses and many individuals.


RE: I dont trust google with my contacts.
By ryancat on 3/8/2007 7:30:42 PM , Rating: 1
Google was the only one out of Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL that didn't give up their search data to the FCC when they demanded it. Invasive, maybe; trusted, yes.


By nunya on 3/21/2007 11:12:30 AM , Rating: 2
Google is a business, not your friend. Fostering feelings like this is exactly why they did what they did, not because of some great care for your privacy. If the government had really put the squeeze on, you better believe they'd give you up in a heartbeat.


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