The Upcoming Google Phone/GPhone

GPhone ConceptsHere is a post about the upcoming GPhone or Google Phone. There has been many “leaks” from Google employees that there will definitely be a Google Phone before the year is over, maybe as soon as next month. If it does come out, I think it’ll have a bigger impact on the mobile market than the iPhone. I’ve written about it before about all the features it will have.

It will supposedly run linux, which means open source, which means apps can be written for it in the future if it doesn’t come with the phone in the first place. The iPhone does not have this feature. There are only web apps for it. I don’t understand why they made a big deal about running OS X but not allow third-party applications.

I’m thinking something like a music player. Maybe the Google music player isn’t that great, someone might write an app that emulates iTunes and its coverflow. Of course it’ll be taken down by Apple for copyright infringement, but early adopters would still have it.

The post that I linked talks a lot about the built-in camera. He would like to see image stabilization support. Not many camera phones have image stabilization built-in and blurriness is a major problem with pictures taken with phones. I personally don’t think a camera is an issue. I would go without it if it’ll make the phone smaller, lighter and cheaper. Standalone cameras are becoming so small that it’s not cumbersome carrying a phone and a camera around. I would much rather have one device dedicated to doing one thing really well than one device that does them mediocral.

From the early rumors I’ve heard, the price was around $250 USD. If that’s the case, I think it prices itself like the Wii against the PS3, which in this case is the iPhone. I’m really pulling for the Google Phone on this one to prove to everyone that the iPhone is an overpriced, overhyped fossil tied down by its deal with one of the worst telecoms on Earth.

Voce: Premium Wireless Carrier

Voce: Premium Wireless Carrier The incredible tall Cory Doctorow posted about this on BoingBoing. It’s about this premium wireless carrier called Voce. They are targeting rich people but it’s not that ridiculously expensive. Their basic plan is $500 to buy one of their phones, which is unlocked and you’re not locked into a contract. Then it’s $200 a month after that. It seems like a lot but I know a lot of people are out there that go over on their plans and end up paying that much anyway.

Aside from the price, there is one feature that this carrier has that no one else has worth noting. They have a 24/7 personal assistance service included in their plan. You can call anytime and call your PA anything. The PA will research anything for you and give you detailed information on whatever you ask. One of the testimonials read that when asking about a certain model car and its competition, the PA gave a very detailed information on all of them and set up a test drive for the first car.

Cory also called Voce and noted that the person who, answered within two rings, knew what they were doing. Seriously, you don’t get that kind of service from any other carrier. You always go to an automated system where it asks you what language you speak. It’s definitely not for me since I don’t use the phone that much and I know everything but I know cellphone power users should definitely consider this carrier.

Google Phone To Release in Late 2007

Google Phone The much anticipated (by me) Google Phone is set to be released by the end of the year. HTC will be manufacturing it. They’ve made their mark making Windows CE Pocket PCs.

There have been rumors about the phone for a few months now. So far, Gmail and Google Maps have been confirmed and it won’t have GPS built-in. It will support 3G and EDGE, no word on HSPDA. Only a non-US carrier Orange signed up to carry it. It was rumored to be unlocked so you could probably use it with T-Mobile and Verizon. No word on pricing but it was rumored to cost less than half what the iPhone will cost since it doesn’t say Apple on it.