Symbolizing perhaps another step in its scheme to take over the world, Google has announced that on September 23, the company will unveil the Google Phone, expected to be available to consumers as early as October. T-mobile has signed on to be the telecommunications carrier for the device, which will run strictly on the highly anticipated Google Android operating system. Google expects the Android software to be the dominant platform for hand-held Internet access. This is partly because the software is open source, meaning that interested companies are free to use the Android technology. This is unlike the BlackBerry or the iPhone, which control the licensing and distribution of their developed programs. In a video demo of the Android software, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has set aside 10 million dollars for those who develop the best applications using Android.
“We are looking forward to seeing some really great applications. Ones which are innovative, make use of the great functionality available in Android and on mobile phones, and things that are really original, that haven’t been seen before.” Brin said.
Google has seen increased support for its Android software. Just last November, the company formed the “Open Handset Alliance,” a 34-member consortium of prominent companies such as LG, Motorola, Qualcomm, in addition to T-Mobile. It appears Microsoft’s handheld device operating system, Windows Mobile, will be the primary competitor of Google Android.
The device will be manufactured by the Taiwan-based High Tech Computer (HTC). HTC has already confirmed that the device’s development was based on Google’s Android Software, and that it will be marketed as the “Dream” handset. Although it appears that the Dream handset will be the first, many companies are currently researching and developing devices to be compatible with Android.