The Google Phone has been announced, and instead of being manufactured by just one company, it’s an open software platform that’s going to be included on phones made by HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. And best of all, those phones are going to be available on Sprint and T-Mobile by the first half of 2008. Plus, it’s going to be available in China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The 34 members of the Open Handset Alliance will throw in their expertise (example, Nvidia with their graphical abilities, Skype with their VoIPing) and offer the collective goods under an open source licensing agreement. Hell, Google might not even put their logo on the phone itself—they just want to sell advertisements to users through it.
HTC’s CEO, who makes lots of Windows Mobile phones for business users, says the resulting phone by Google and its 34 friends will be targeted towards consumers. The SDK for developers will be available by November 12, which will then enable people to hit that 1H 2008 launch date.