There have been rumors about a supposed GPhone for quite some time now. People expected the phone to compete with Apple’s iPhone, but little did we know Google was doing something a bit different than we anticipated.

Instead of working on a single device that would run a mobile Google OS they have actually announced a more standalone mobile operating system. The free Linux-based OS is called Android, and it is available under a mobile open source license. They’ve partnered with 34 companies including Sprint, HTC, LG, T-Mobile, Motorola, Nvidia, and eBay to get the Android-powered devices in the hands of consumers by the latter half of 2008.

So why is Google making the announcement already? Next week they plan on releasing a Software Development Kit (SDK) to programmers so that they can already begin creating apps for the new OS. This is a very smart move by Google because there will already be some sweet apps by the time devices begin shipping with Android.

This is a pretty big step in mobile computing. Since the operating system will be offered at no cost we might even see a substantial drop in phone prices. One of the most appealing things, however, is that if Android takes off there will probably be a significant amount of applications being made for it.

Kudos once again to Google who have been contributing a lot to the open source community lately! I can’t wait to see Android in action next year.

[via Engadget]

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  1. Yea, that’s a actually a pretty insane idea. People have been saying the world is moving towards a seamless transition to an OS consisting of a web/desktop interface, and I can’t think of a better place for google to show how fast and awesome their software can be. If google pulls this off successfully, they will have the opportunity to steer the industry to a different future, colliding with Microsoft’s foreseen future which is out-of-date.

  2. That’s definitely true. If they can bring in all of their services (Gmail, Calendar, Notebook, Docs, and others) they will will provide a powerhouse of Web applications always at the user’s fingertips. I’m hoping that they will create real apps for their services that run on the OS rather than just a website, because that will make the services even more useful.

  3. Just wondering whether Motorola will stay with they politics of “closed” open OSes… :!:
    I’m really frustrated with that since having linux-based device (Motorokr E6 in my case) does not necessarily mean you don’t have to pay for the right of modding and coding native apps for it :cry:
    Anyways, wish you luck and hopefully we’ll be able to port your OS to our phones! :idea:

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