"Google is on the move. The internet giant has held talks with Orange, the mobile phone operator, about a multi-billion-dollar partnership to create a 'Google phone' which makes it easy to search the web wherever you are. The collaboration between two of the most powerful brands in technology is seen as a potential catalyst for making internet use of mobile phones as natural as on desktop computers and laptops. Executives from Orange flew to Silicon Valley in California for a meeting at Google's headquarters, or 'Googleplex', to hold preliminary discussions about a joint deal. The companies believe that they have an affinity as brands that are perceived as both 'positive' and 'innovative'. Their plans centre on a branded Google phone, which would probably also carry Orange's logo. The device would not be revolutionary: manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese firm specialising in smart phones and Personal Data Assistants (PDAs), it might have a screen similar to a video iPod. But it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset."
We know that Google is interested in having access to our mobile phones, and we know that the best way for them to find out and control our mobile life-style is to have control of the operating system running on our mobile phones. Google has already acquired more than a couple of companies that specialize in the mobile space, but this is the first significant news (or possibly rumour) that we have heard about its plans to market a product. The thing that has me stunned is that HTC is closely associated with Microsoft and has been held responsible for the success of Windows Mobile phone edition devices.
The same is somewhat true about Orange, they were the early adopters of the Windows Mobile Smartphones. Recently Steve Ballmer
was commenting on how he is not worried about the Apple iPhone and how Windows Mobile has more market share compared to the BlackBerry or Palm. Looks like things are about to change; the future may not be as comfortable for Windows Mobile as Steve wants us to believe. What are your thoughts?