Is Google (GOOG) About To Ship G-Phone?

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A UBS analyst has confirmed that Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC will ship about 50,000 cell phones running on a mobile operating system made by the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant by the end of this year, according to CNN Money.

“These initial phones are not going to be for sale,” Benjamin Schachter, one of the analysts who worked on the report, said in a phone call earlier today. “These are going to be available for developers only to understand how the software works.”

There has been so much rumor about the project that there is no way to tell what is true.

More important, a G-Phone is entering a wildly competitive, one where the Google (GOOG) brand may mean very little.

Douglas A. McIntyre