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Is Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?Views: 474
Dec 12, 2009 8:17 pmIs Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Google sets up the Open Source Handset Alliance. Then, it creates an open source mobile operating system for all the members of the alliance to use in their hardware. So, now you have all manner of Android OS cell phones on the market. Now, the rumor I heard is that Google is going to introduce its own phone. Does this seem right - compete against the very market it helped to create? While this does seem to be a very real possibility, it does not seem to be equitable. What do you think? Does it seems right to compete against the very market you helped to create - even to the point of deciding to use your operating system (Android)?

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Dec 12, 2009 9:48 pmre: Is Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?#

Scott Wolpow
According to the person next to me, they are not getting into phone hardware. They are going to release droid/chrome based netbooks in 2nd quarter 2010

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Dec 13, 2009 5:24 amre: re: Is Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Scott,

Who is making the Google Phone hardware? Is it HTC? Does it strike you as odd that Google would put together the Open Handset Alliance and now get ready to compete with its members? Rather than to add to the market share of their members, they are going to take business away from folks using their own operating system, Android. Does that strike you as ethical?

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Dec 13, 2009 7:42 amre: re: re: Is Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?#

Shivaji Jammalmadugu
Hi,

The concerns are genuine about Google getting into handsets business but in my opinion they may refrain from doing so as it is a wise decision to keep its market position as well grow. It would be insane on part of Google strategy to even think on these lines because it would mean end of an era because those with expertise in handset may eventually buy from one who will be their complimentary service provider.

Cheers

Shivaji

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Dec 13, 2009 3:30 pmre: re: re: Is Google Getting Into The Phone Business Or Is This Simply A Rumor?#

Scott Wolpow
Hardware is being made by Motorola, HT, Samsung, Dell?. Nokia and others.
The Handset Alliance is the comapny that released the platform.

Google bought the original compaany as part of a failed [plan to use phones to make micro payments. They then used it as a platform.
While Google is the copyright holder, it is release under the Apache Liecense.
With the Apache License, vendors are free to add proprietary extensions without submitting those back to the open source community.

They are not competing against the handset alliance, tehy are part of it. Even if tehy were, it is ethical because they have announced it.

What does Google get out of this?
Well they get to know every page you visit since tehy are doing the DNS for your phone. Changing this appears to be very dificult.

Google is also behind 'public dns' another initiaive taht will tell them exactly where you have gone on teh Internet.

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