Rumors about a Google Phone surfaced again. Hexus reports a financial analyst believes the search giant is cooperation with a smartphone manufacturer to launch the first Google branded phone. This handset will reportedly use the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and run Android 2.0.
For reasons known only to him, Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar has decided to tell various financial publications, including TheStreet.com and FT.com, that Google is cooperating with a smartphone manufacturer to launch a Google branded phone, according to his sources among Asian ODMs.
As if that wasn't enough to antagonise phone operators, it will supposedly be launched free of any operator lock-in - effectively smashing the long-established mobile phone industry paradigm of handsets being launched in close cooperation with often a single operator.