Last year tech sites were abuzz with rumors of the mythical Gphone – a mobile phone created by Google. Nothing came of it, and Google eventually squashed the rumors by instead announcing their involvement in the Open Handset Alliance and Android, their open-source mobile phone operating system. But now, comments made by the Google co-founders and CEO have many speculating about the Gphone yet again.
Hollywood Reporter writer Dan Cox has sparked the newest round of rumors, summarizing what Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt said:
“The trio of Google execs also used the opportunity to talk about the inroads the company is making with its own branded mobile phone as a replacement for the iPhone.”
Notice they said “branded mobile phone” – that’s very different than Android and the Open Handset Alliance. Adding further fuel to the fire is the Washington Post, who’s begun tracking another story that San-Francisco based Ammunition Design Group is working with Google to create an Android-based, Google-branded Gphone.
Google may have just been throwing us all for a loop before when they denounced creating a handset in favor of working on an operating system.