Instead of selling the Nexus One, the Google Phone 'gallery ' displays Androids from most makers on most carriers in 12 countries. More are coming.
Re-labeled "Phone Gallery," Google.com/phone/ now points to an array of phones available on the Android platform. The former URL was used to sell the Nexus One, but was closed when Google decided to stop shipping the device.
Google (GOOG) now advertises and promotes phones from five different manufacturers and still includes discontinued phones like the Nexus One and the MyTouch.
I personally like the compare feature at the right which allows you to to pick any three phones and get a specification breakdown.
All the phones in the gallery include Android Market, Google Search, and other Google Mobile services such as Gmail, Maps, and YouTube. There are tools that make it easy to compare phones side by side: you can filter phones by country, manufacturer, and carrier; view and compare technical specifications and features; and find where each phone is available for sale.
Because Verizon (VZ) saddled that disaster with Bing, and Bing Maps, Google doesn't recognize it as its own anymore. I also don't see the Motorola Backflip which AT&T (T) pulled out Google and added Yahoo (YHOO) search.
Facebook is building a phone according to some reports this weekend but that phone is likely to have a familiar base.
The news was first reported last night by TechCrunch that Facebook was working on its own phone. That thought seems a bit silly on many levels, especially since Facebook is currently a software service and they'd have to build or acquire many software and hardware layers to build a successful Phone MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 19, 2010 12:37 PM ET
Statements by Samsung this week indicate that they are going Google.
Samsung passed Motorola three years ago to become the biggest mobile phone maker (feature+smart phones) in the US, so their operating system choices carry a lot of weight.
They are also listed as one of the five Windows Phone 7 Series launch partners. But at IFA this week, and in earlier statements by its CTO, Samsung seems lukewarm on Windows Phone MORESeth Weintraub - Sep 4, 2010 12:30 PM ET
Blurring the line between phone and tablet even further, a video today shows that the seven inch Galaxy Tablet is also a huge cell phone.
Pundits have decried the 5-inch Dell Streak for being too big to be a phone, some even saying that it is like holding a flip flop sandal or a waffle to their ears. Add two inches to that, and you have the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 26, 2010 11:59 AM ET
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