Yesterday we reported that a Google Phone announcement is due within the next couple of weeks. Now, rumours have bubbled up naming a potential manufacturer of the device.
e28? Never heard of them
e28 is reportedly developing a wireless VoIP system that will reshape the entire mobile industry. If this is one of the foundations of Google's phone plans, it would make it a serious rival to the Apple iPhone.
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Dig around on the e28 website and you'll see that the company already produces a roster of smartphones. Its quad-band R2821 handset is powered by Linux and features Wi-Fi (802.11b) and a digital camera. It's VoIP-capable and also features GPS functionality, which would be ideal for Google Maps.
The Blackberry-a-like E2881 is another option. Again, it's a Linux-fuelled phone. And while it's not as sexy as the iPhone, it's a quad-band handset, ups the Wi-Fi support to 802.11g and packs in a 2MP camera and that handy GPS.
VoIP is the next big thing
If these rumours have any truth to them it looks like making free or low-cost VoIP calls on your mobile phone (like the new 3 Skypephone, announced earlier this week) could well usher in a mobile revolution.
India Street also reported that an open Linux platform is likely to be added to the Google Phone. This would allow any programmer to develop add-on applications (such as the ones popping up on Facebook) and easily add those to the device.