The rumor about a Google-branded handset has gotten some new life, thanks to Gizmodo. According to the site, one of its trusted sources states that the Google Phone “is a certainty” and claims they have actually laid eyes on it.
Looks like a batch of early prototypes will be landing at the Google campus throughout the holiday season, complete with really large screens and a brand new version of Android that no one’s seen yet. (The source also noticed the OS powering a laptop, in addition to the Google handset. And before you ask, they say it definitely wasn’t Chrome.)
Perhaps the most interesting part of this story is that, in passing, someone casually mentioned to the tipster that the current incarnation of Android that’s on the market — which is in wide release and whose latest version is 2.0 — is not the “real” Android. Well now, what does that mean? Gizmo’s guess is that it’s a new type of Android operating system that features Google Voice at its core. That would jibe with previous rumors that the GPhone will not use cellular networks for voice, but data networks instead.
It’s hard to know how to take this leak. Info from unnamed sources tends to be sketchy, but this one’s pretty juicy, from all three hardware, network AND OS standpoints. If there actually is a different version of Android out there, one that none of us has seen yet, what else could it possibly be packing? The possibilities are just mind-boggling. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we find out what it is — and whether it will also be destined for other Android handsets or not.