If there’s one thing I hate, it’s bloggers that have no sense of history of the story they’re covering.
Christina Warren is over at Mashable today working on the gPhone / Nexus One story. She has a post there entitled: “Buzzkill: The Nexus One Was Never About a Phone.” The fact that she lead the title off with the word buzzkill shows an amazing amount of ignorance as to what started this off as a story in the first place three years ago, which is pretty sad considering that I covered this ground pretty extensively at the blog she now works for.
Not to toot my own horn, but my gPhone leaks were what pretty much kicked off all the hype prior to the announcement of the Android operating system.
In August of 2007, before I started at the blog, Pete covered my story on Mashable: “GPhone Confirmed?”
Rizzn.com, after supposedly speaking to the kind of loose lipped leaker you’d never find at Apple (they’d get fired), says that it’s not an iPhone rival but a low-priced challenger to the $100(ish) dollar laptop. It runs on a modified Linux kernel, integrates GPS and Google Maps and presumably aims to get Google apps and ads in front of as many people as possible, particularly those in countries where computer use is low and Internet connectivity difficult.
The post highly paraphrased my original work, but the key parts of the quote are: “…it runs on a modified Linux kernel, integrates GPS and Google Maps and presumably aims to get Google apps and ads in front of as many people as possible.”
Or, as Christina said: “I guess that’s why the Nexus One hype machine and chamber of secrecy has me so confused. It’s not about the phone, it’s about completing a circuit. Google can now control the point of sale system, too, and can arguably use the power of its brand to move more units and drive greater Android-awareness.”
This isn’t confusing and it isn’t hype-killing. This is what the messaging and the rumors have been saying since I broke the story in August of 2007.