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Google dishes out its phone

Is the Nexus the Google phone?
Mon Dec 14 2009, 15:00

INTERNET SEARCH MONSTER Google has handed out some Android-based phones to its employees, prompting more speculation that the firm will release its own handset next year.

In a blog post that contains so many references to eating dog food it's probably best to avoid reading it if you have an upset stomach, the firm said, "At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from "eating your own dogfood"). Well this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level."

In this instance, dogfooding refers to trying out an Android-based phone over the holidays. "We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe," said Mario Queiroz, vice president, product management. "This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it."

Although some websites have a grimy looking photo of a touchscreen handset and suggest that it is made by HTC, Queiroz added, "Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet".

The term 'eating your own dog food' suggests that a firm is using a product that it manufactures, adding further fire to the rampant Google phone rumours ever since the firm released its Android OS.

Digging deeper, a filing with the FCC made by HTC that seems to uncover some of these details. In the filings are a number of papers referring to a new device that seems to ape many of the features you would expect from the device, while the veil of secrecy around them suggests that this is indeed the Google Phone that has been long rumoured.

Perhaps we will find out more in the new year. In the meantime, the phone is expected to be called the Nexus. µ


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