Google Phone To Challenge Apple iPhone?

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Engadget is reporting that they have received information from an inside source with product information about the near-mythical Google branded cellular phone, which has been the topic of much speculation over recent months.

There’s nothing like a juicy rumor to get the blood pumping in the cold of winter.

I’m not talking about wild speculation and unsubstantiated hearsay; I’m talking about that sort of gossip that you knew was true all along — the kind that sends tinges of euphoria up your spine, enveloping you in the delight of a full blown “geekgasm” as the object of your desire edges closer to becoming reality.

Okay. Perhaps that’s a bit melodramatic.

Nonetheless, I daresay that as news continues to leak concerning Google’s venture into the mobile phone market, the fever-pitch among the masses will exponentially mount in a chorus of wonder and elation that will make the buzz surrounding the iPhone look like little more than after dinner conversation at your local senior citizen’s center.

Okay, enough adoration, let’s get to the nitty gritty details of the Google phone.

First off, it’s rumored to be a collaboration between Google and Samsung, which runs contrary to previous speculation that the Silicon Valley juggernaut would partner with Orange to develop its branded mobile phone.

Tech Digest lays out some of the features that you can expect from the Google Phone:

It’ll have built-in GPS, allowing Google Maps based navigation features, with a contact application that’s a cross between Gmail, Google Talk and more traditional text messaging.

Engadget, who received the initial tip, lets us in on another interesting aspect of the phone that is leaving many scratching their heads:

According to our tipster, the device doesn’t have any on-board storage. That’s right, all your applications are served up over the network with new apps “attached” to your account via a web interface.

No onboard storage? If that’s true, it tells me that Google plans to employ a massive network in order to support such a feature. Perhaps this explains why the company has been buying up so much dark fiber as of late?

None of this is confirmed; but as you have probably already surmised, I really don’t care. Everyone and their sister has fallen all over themselves to heap loving spoonfuls of adoration onto the iPhone, and declare it the undisputed champion of mobile phones — all before the device has even released. So, I’m just glad to see that there could potentially be another key player in the mobile phone arena.

Always remember, competition is a good thing.

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Joe is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

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