The Google Phone: Coming Soon
Even as Verizon's Droid phones hit the US market, buzz is building, yet again, about a Google-branded phone. Originally, the plan was to have the Google phone on the market by the holidays, but that timeframe has been pushed back to early 2010, and will be available directly from Google as well as from retailers. As for manufacturing, the latest rumor is that LG or Samsung will be building the handset, which will be to Google's specifications, and not to those of a specific mobile service provider.
Most of our sources have unconfirmed information, which we describe below. But there are a few things we have absolutely confirmed: Google is building their own branded phone that they’ll sell directly and through retailers. They were long planning to have the phone be available by the holidays, but it has now slipped to early 2010.