The Street.com reports that Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar spoke with companies that are making a mobile phone for Google.
In what is likely to be seen as disruptive to the wireless status quo, Google is working with a smartphone manufacturer to have a Google-branded phone available this year through retailers and not through telcos, according to Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar, who has talked to Google's design partners about the plan.
. . .By bypassing the carriers, who keep tight controls over the features and applications that are allowed on phones, Google will presumably offer a device that lets users determine the functions.
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I don't believe it and neither should you. Google isn't in the hardware business because it doesn't need to be in the hardware business. There are plenty of companies that make phones and that make Android phones.
And how can you make an unlocked phone that has features that aren't controlled by the telcos? They either support the featurs on their services or they don't.
The story is ridiculous. Just read a little further:
... the entrance of a unlocked, low-cost, Web-friendly touchscreen device will probably undercut other Android phone efforts by players like Motorola, Samsung and Dell(DELL Quote).
Motorola's entire turnaround strategy is based on the Android operating system.
Why would Google want to get into a competitive battle with Motorola and others? It wouldn't. It makes no sense at at all.