Duncan Riley, my buddy over at the Inquisitr, along with many others have said openly or privately to me that the gPhone (or whatever it’s going to get called this morning) is not an iPhone killer.
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: the gPhone is likely going to end up being the first mobile phone I’ve felt compelled to purchase in four years.
That said, I completely agree. Let me quote myself from last year (circa August last year):
I talked to one of my inside sources at Google today. He spoke on conditions of anonymity, but the guy is someone I trust implicitly. He said that he was baffled at Google’s apparent internal confusion on the GPhone issue – that they’ve actually demo’ed the thing in public before.
He said that the Google (applications) Suite is going to play a huge role in the usability of the GPhone, and the thought process behind it’s functionality is less about beating the iPhone and more about beating the $100 Laptop, which provides a huge clue behind what will be the pricing structure on this.
My friend later clarified (and I included this in subsequent posts) that the gPhone/Android initiative isn’t really in direct competition with anyone, but it’s aimed to be a low cost internet access point with a pricepoint closer to the OLPC than the iPhone. Consider at the time that the OLPC was edging closer to $200, while the iPhone was pushing $600.
All in all, not too many off base points! I’m actually pretty impressed with the accuracy of the info he handed me. I fully expected to cringe, looking at the early reports (particularly given how widely misinterpreted the data was in the subsequent days to my release of it), but it wasn’t that far off the mark.
At any rate, enough slapping myself on the back. Wake me when it’s Android time, I’m conking out.