The whole Google Phone thing has been floating around for way too long -- but finally, in my opinion anyway, we are seeing non-fiction reports coming from some of the larger news sites. Stories are cropping up about what is known as Android -- a super secret mobile offering created by Andy Rubin that was snapped up by Google in 2005.
The upcoming announcement will likely involve a smart-phone operating system that may be open source, and free to license. Google is making friends with all sorts of companies these days, so maybe they have been working hard on striking up partnerships with handset makers and carriers too?
Word of the pending Google news had reached JumpTap, a competitor to Google in the mobile ads space that is not included in the announcement.
"I'm not sure if it's an industry-supported event or a Google trap" to get developers to write to Google software, said Dan Olschwang, chief executive of JumpTap. "If it is really open source and the mobile-phone manufacturers will adopt it, it will be a major industry-changing event." -- CNET News
When will this major announcement happen? Well, Google is expected to have a press conference Monday to announce their plans. I wonder if it will live up to the hype, or be something totally underwhelming like a deal that lets Google pre-install mobile applications somewhere. Only time will tell -- we'll see what happens on Monday!