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google.jpgSo, Google Switch is said to be the result of a partnership between Google and Samsung. Though there are no confirmed reports as yet regarding this phone, the hopes are running pretty high. According to the last trends the Google phone is said to be a button-less touchscreen device with GPS built-in for navigation around Google Maps. Pictured is the phone’s contact program rumored to be an extended version of Gtalk combining Gmail, text and instant messaging. This phone may not have any on-board storage; all the applications are sourced over the network with new applications “attached” to your account via a web interface. hoping to hear any official words soon.

via Newlaunches.com

Posted January 13th, 2007 in Mobile Phones

Googlephone Google and Samsung have announced what some analysts are calling the highly anticipated Googlephone. We had previously speculated that Google would give away their phones for free, but calls would be ad-supported. Unlike the recent Jajah announcement though, users would be forced to listen to an advertisement before the call connects.

Joint statement from CES and Seoul detailed how Samsung will integrate Google’s suite of applications on their phones in a worldwide initiative. This will mean that users will be able to select a Google icon and connect to Google services including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail. At the time of writing their was no mention of building in support for Google’s popular soft phone, Google Talk.

The first product of the agreement has already rolled off the manufacturing line in the shape of the Samsung SGH-Z720, a slim HSDPA-ready handset with 3MP camera, Bluetooth and MP3 player.

Google have a whole range of applications beyond search, maps and email that could be integrated into a phone. For starters they could add their calendar application for time management or even Google Video so people could stay entertained on the move. Mobile TV is already hugely popular in Asia and as new faster networks are rolled out we are going to see a rush of companies to get their services in our mobiles.

Clearly Google are working slightly ahead of the curve, beating Yahoo! and MSN to the mobile market. Now it’s all eyes on Apple as we anticipate the valley’s worst kept secret, the Apple phone. It will be interesting to see if the Google / Samsung announcement is a precursor to a similar or even more ambitious Google / Apple deal. It wouldn’t be unthinkable, especially when we take into consideration Apple’s recent nomination of Eric Schmidt to their board of governors.

Samsung Z720The Z720 is the latest Samsung phone in the Ultra Edition range. It has a slide-up design and weight 80g only. It has a 3Mpix camera, a 2.1??? QVGA display, support for WAP 2.0, an Internet browser, Bluetooth and USB. The phone supports 3G and HSDPA. On the software side, it has uGo, that changes the interface, date, time and screen background depending on your location. For example, if you’re traveling to New York, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, and the date/time will be updated. There’s uTrack which allows you to receive a SMS (on your phone number), in case of theft, informing you of the change of SIM card and the location where the change occurred. There’s also a bit of Google in the phone with the support for Gmail and Google Search.

The Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720) is the thinnest HSDPA slide-up mobile with a slim 13.8mm profile. It offers the latest multimedia features and the best of mobility in a fast and slender design.