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What To Expect From Google's Android Alliance

What exactly will the GPhone -- that vaporous handset that's the subject of furious speculation -- actually look like? In the wake ofGoogle (NSDQ: GOOG)'s release of its Android mobile-phone software development platform, there's been lots of chatter, but little hard information. This article is intended to change that.

Google has publicly listed all the partners in its Android project, under the umbrella of the Open Handset Alliance. By intelligently examining what those companies are working on, we can come up with a fact-based projection of the GPhone's probable feature set. The allies enlisted to work on the device constitutes a mobile software and hardware elite. There are well-known handset makers like Taiwan's HTC, which fields what some consider a better "iPhone" than Apple, in the form of its sleek Touch. And there are beneath-the-radar innovators, like Sweden's TAT. The software developer's clean but funky user-interface designs could propel the GPhone towards the holy grail of a device which is so simple your Grandma could use it. While the GPhone won't be revolutionary -- the very existence of the Alliance implies it'll use currently available technologies -- it will connect the pieces in pleasantly new ways. Expect the GPhone to be a handset in Web 2.0 clothing, with a friendlier and more integrated approach to mobile computing than even Steve Jobs has envisioned. Here then are the eight technologies we can expect to see in the GPhone (or phones) due sometime in 2008.