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Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab

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Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab
Earlier today, reports were coming in about the Google phone getting handed out to amazed Google employees. The latter group sent out Tweets raving about the phone with one calling it an iPhone on steroids. The entire cellphone community was crackling with electricity about what appeared for all the world to be the next iPhone killer (although the DROID still has some time left to wear that hat). The phone is manufactured by HTC, runs Android 2.1 and according to one Google employee, it has animated desktop wallpaper. It looked like a home run-nay, a Grand Slam for Google. Except for one itsy bitsy little matter. The phone in question is NOT the Google phone according to the company and is a "mobile lab" used for testing software. The big guns at Mountain View got wind of what was being said about the handset and said that the "handouts" were simply a way to test "innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features." Of course, the fact that their own employees identified the phone as THE Google phone means that no matter what Google says about tests and third parties, the hardware has been called the "gPhone/Google phone" by those who should know.

In the official response from Google, the company says that this process is done so that Google employees can test new products and technology designed by the company, similar to eating your own dog food (which is why the process is called dogfooding by the firm). The hardware is a mobile lab designed to run innovative software created by Google partners on a Android OS to check the new features and capabilities. This package of the mobile lab hardware loaded with the software being tested was what was handed out to employees, according to the statement. Google says that because dogfooding is a process limited to Google employees, the results will not be made public. Let us ask you this important question. Is there anything in this scenario that prevents the hardware and software from being the Google phone?

source: Phandroid (Employees get gPhone), Phandroid (Google says it's a mobile lab)

Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab
Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab

Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab
Google says device given to employees is not the gPhone but is a mobile lab


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)


WTF phonearena, work on ur damn comprehension skills. I read the same damn blog u guys read and NEVER does anyone DENY the existence of a phone. They only refer to it as a mobile lab (as in an experiment). Stop being so retarded. No wonder so many ppl hate on ur site.

posted on 12 Dec 2009, 21:13

2. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


it could go either way. if it were testing just the soft ware then they wouldnt make an actual hardware casing. like a left over g1. why would htc send the hard ware some where to be tested. no need spend the extra money. but i agree with the above a mobile lab is as good as smart phone. i can call my phone a mobile office, or hand held laptop, but at the end of the day its still a phone. but i am excited to know there might be a new htc out there...

posted on 13 Dec 2009, 14:52

3. jundibasam (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Aug 2009)


Its probably the passion considering it got delayed from a December launch to a January/February launch with Verizon Wireless probably so they can test out v2.1 Android on it. This makes more sense since Google announced a month or two ago (right before their partnership with verizon was made public) that they were not interested in branding their own phone but would continue working with established manufacturers to offer innovative software on someone else's hardware and wireless network. I'm justa sayin....

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