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Google Is Not Bringing Its Own Phone To Market

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No Google Phone for You

Back on October 20th we brought you news of the rumor that Google was developing is own Android Phone.

Today we have bad news for those of you who thought this round of Google-phone rumors would end differently than the last. In a talk with CNET, Google VP Andy Rubin stated clearly that his company has no plans for any Android hardware.

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Palm Gets Sell Rating Due to Competition from Google Android

Palm (PALM Quote) was slapped with a sell rating Tuesday on concerns that the new arrivals in the smartphone market will crowd out the Pre.

The heroic makeover of Palm is facing a significant challenge as telcos like Verizon (VZ Quote), Sprint (S Quote), and AT&T (T Quote) align behind Apple (AAPL Quote), Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) and phones built on the Google (GOOG Quote) Android operating system, shoving Palm into fourth place among suppliers, writes BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long in a research note Tuesday.

GOOG Oct 27 2009, 12:26 PM EDT
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PALM Oct 27 2009, 12:27 PM EDT
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The downgrade comes a day ahead of Verizon’s introduction of the Motorola (MOT Quote) Droid phone running on Google’s Android system. It also follows a report earlier this month that Verizon was snubbing Palm next year and putting its full support behind Android and BlackBerry phones. Verizon has said it plans to offer the Palm Pre and Pixi phone early next year.

Google also has plans as reported here, to bring its own Android phone to the market as early as this year.

The heavy competition and the fading popularity of the Pre phone along with the potential cannibalization of Pre by the Pixi next month does not bode well for Palm, Long notes.

“We believe that the company will miss its guidance for the second half of fiscal 2010,” writes Long.

Palm shares fell 5.25% to $13.53 in late morning trading Tuesday.

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Google Android Flexing Its Muscles

If you have been following the Android news lately, you might have seen important Android announcements published around the web. Despite having the full backing of a gigantic company like Google, Android has seen relatively mundane progress in terms of software releases as well as hardware adoption until now.

In the past Android devices popped-up here and there and a couple succeeded in making some buzz, but nothing outstanding like the “Jesus” phone (iphone), until just recently when Google CEO Eric Schmidt commented, and I quote, “Android adoption is about to explode”.

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Google Introducing New Music Service?

Google is looking to get involved with music services and it’s going to use the help of current web services like iLike and LaLa to do so. From what we gathered, Google Audio will allow people to search for artists, songs, etc and it’ll display results in either snippets of the song or full-length versions and point users to where they can easily purchase those songs. And though that’s an amazing and exciting proposition, being able to simply use the power of Google to get easy-access to purchasing songs, it’s not exactly going head to head with the moneymaking heavyweight that is iTunes.

A lot is still unknown at this point, final UI details and design may change and clearer details may eventually come about. But what’s sure is that Google is planning to announce this new service on October 28th (interestingly, the same day as the Droid event!) so we’ll find out soon. Could Google eventually use their new service to replace the Amazon MP3 Store on Android?

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Meet Alex The Google Android Based E-Reader

Spring Design let loose the latest e-reader today, a Google Android-based device called Alex. Spring Design gives a nice summary of its features, the most important being its combination of a color and an e-ink screen.

Alex, the first Google Android-based e-book device to provide full Internet browsing over Wi-Fi or mobile networks such as 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM. With its dual-screen, multi-access capability, it provides the entire Web universe as a handy reference library, prompting users to delve into its vast information base to complement, clarify or enhance what they are reading. Alex is the first truly mobile wireless e-book device that gives users their own personalized library on the go, whenever and wherever they need it.

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Use of Google Android About To Explode

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is predicting that use of the company’s Android phone OS is about to explode. That’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect the CEO of Google to predict, but in this case the self-serving prediction looks like it might be accurate.

Recently we have started to see Android-based phones arrive in significant quantities, and while none of them appears to be a landmark device, they add up to a platform that’s likely to be the iPhone’s most formidable rival.

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Google Android Gaining Ground

The slow to catch on Google Android Operating System for mobile phones appears to be gaining ground on its competitors Apple and Research In Motion.

The release this week of the Android-based Sprint HTC Hero and the upcoming November release of the Samsung Moment have initiated an increase in the number of Android phones on the market – with the Google software platform having lined up a number of hardware partners including HTC, LG, Samsung, and Motorola the Android platform is poised for explosive growth.

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