Is the Google Phone already out in the wild? In a blog post yesterday, Google had written that the company was doling out a new mobile device running on Android 2.1 to their employees for what they call is 'dogfooding' – a means for employees to test new devices and help improve it before launch.
TechCrunch is now reporting that this is indeed the new Google Phone that we had written about last month. This is what we know about the device up till now
- Manufactured by HTC
- Runs on Android 2.1
- Powered by SnapDragon chip
- High resolution OLED touchscreen
- Virtual keyboard
- Voice-to-text feature to dictate email
- Two mics – The mic on the back of the phone helps eliminate noise.
The Google Phone is supposedly thinner than the iPhone and has an unusually large camera. Tweets from Google employees who were given the phone yesterday seem to suggest a pretty looking, blazingly fast device. Like one tweeter puts it, the new Google phone is "like an iPhone on beautifying steroids". In our previous article, we had reported speculations that the new Google phone might be a data-only device. However, TechCrunch now reports that the phone shall be a GSM device and also that it will come unlocked.
In all likelihood, the new phone shall go on sale from January 2010. While we still do not have confirmed pictures of how the device will actually look like, it is apparently a HTC Passion handset customized to Google's requirements. From pictures leaked by TheUnlockr.com back in October, this is how Google Phone might look like.
A Google branded handset that is prettier and faster than the iPhone – Does that make it an iPhone killer? What do you think of the new Google Phone? Tell us your opinion.