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Google Using OpenMoko For gPhone?

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Published on 06 August 2007 06:26 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
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There has been a new batch of rumors swirling about Google producing a "gPhone" mobile telephone after a Reuters reporter stated High Tech Computer Corp would be designing the Linux phone for Google. A friendly penguin has told us at Phoronix that Google is looking to team up with OpenMoko for their "gPhone". Google will not be using the FIC Neo1973 GTA01, but they will be bringing the open-source OpenMoko platform to their own hardware, which looks to be manufactured through HTC, and making a few changes along the way.

The Google gPhone reportedly uses mobile advertising to credit time (gMinutes?) for phone calls and text messages, but this source did not say how Google would be handling these functions through the open-source platform or exactly how much work they are putting into OpenMoko, but is confident that OpenMoko is involved with the gPhone.

There are a few pictures of OpenMoko on the Neo1973 from our Ubuntu Live 2007 coverage.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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