Willy Wonka Google Phone Analogy

I'm sorry if all the posts about the new Google phone are beginning to bore you. I have more evidence that Google will be releasing a new phone soon. The Boston Globe has a interesting article about the Google Engineering Lab in Boston

Cambridge has a chocolate factory, and a Willy Wonka. The chocolate factory is Google's local research lab, located on the seventh floor of a Kendall Square office tower, and the resident Wonka is Rich Miner, a Google executive sometimes described as the company's vice president of wireless but officially a "technical staff member," according to a Google spokesman.

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and several other businesses that are under NDAs or have been bought by Google in the past 24 months. Also, GigaOM has an article about digging for Google-Phone-Dirt. Here's the short list:

Nuance Communications, L.L.C. - Creators of Dragon NaturalSpeaking - Speech Recognition and leading OCR software, OMNIPage.

Nuance is getting into the Mobile Application Business and lists Google way too many times.

Pay-Per Click on Mobile Phones: Nuance Mobile also offers users a Find Business category and Web Search capabilities that enable completely open-ended content searches. When a user places a request such as “Find Business: furniture stores in Boston, Massachusetts,” the user receives a Google search results page, similar to the results received if the user had typed the entry in a Google search box. This type of mobile search opens new contextual advertising opportunities similar to Google’s flagship model of selling targeted ads linked to Internet searches.

Veveo.net - Makers of a video search application for Windows Mobile and iPhone available on September 10, 2007.

According to xconomy.com, vTap, the video search app, will have a J2ME version available later.

Indeed, using vTap I was able to find and view the same recently posted “Battlestar Galactica” fan video over all four of the devices Aravamudan brought within about 10 seconds each time. But while vTap will be available to everyone on September 10 (everyone with a Windows Mobile phone or an iPhone, anyway—versions for J2ME-compatible phones and other devices are to come later), Veveo’s main focus is on licensing vTap to cellular carriers and makers of set-top boxes equipped to show IPTV (television signals transmitted in the form of Internet Protocol packets). Already, Veveo provides the video search interface for Verizon’s FiOS fiberoptic video and data service.

According to GigaOM, the new Google Phone is rumored to have the following:

1. Google Phone is based on a mobile variant of Linux, and is able to run Java virtual machines. (Duh) - J2ME - Good thing Nuance is making a version that will work?

2. All applications that are supposed to run on the Google Phone are java apps. The OS has ability to run multimedia files, including video clips. (You'll need to search all that video to find ones to watch...Hmmm)

3. The user interface is similar to a UI typical of mobile phones, and the image (with red background) floating around isn’t representative of the Google Phone UI. The entire UI is said to be done in Java and is very responsive. The UI, of course has a “search box.”

4. There is a special browser which has pan-and-browse features that are common to modern browsers such as browsers for iPhone and Symbian phones. The entire browser is apparently written in Java. But then others have told us that the browser is based on the WebKit core, the same engine in Safari and in iPhone, and Google has been making optimizations to speed it up. This is one aspect of the Google Phone I am not sure about. (Google is very familiar with WebKit since they use it for GoogleGears - http://googlemac.blogspot.com/2007/05/google-gears-for-webkit.html)

5. Initially there was one prototype, but over past few months Google has the mobile OS running on 3-to-5 devices, most of them likely made by HTC, a mobile phone maker, and all have Qwerty apps. The model that folks have seen is very similar to the T-Mobile Dash. Around 3GSM, there were rumors that Google, Orange and HTC were working together on mobile devices. Here's a pic of the T-Mobile Dash.

Again, it seems to me like Google is making a phone.