Google Negotiating With Telecom Providers
The long-rumored “Google Phone” now appears to be a reality, as the search engine giant is now negotiating with both Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel to carry its new mobile operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Google, which was rumored for over a year to be working on a mobile phone product, will instead develop an operating system that will be run on handsets produced by other companies. It would reportedly include such features as Google Maps, Gmail, and other popular Google-branded services. Verizon and Sprint are second and third in the U.S. market for subscription, behind the recently combined AT&T and Cingular.
There is no indication yet how close the negotiations are to fruition, though the Journal described the talks as “advanced.” It is also unclear whether Google will reach an agreement with both companies, or only one or the other.