gPhone: Rumor Control.

Hey Rizzn-ites and gPhone hounds… Several folks, most notably these guys at DigiTimes, are talking about the gPhone again. I ran some of the theories past ‘Deep Throat’ over at Google (and remember, you guys named him that, not me). I’m forced to sit on some of the information he gave me for a time being, but I can comment on some of the rumors in broad generalities, as I did on the show last Friday (see episode 135). From the DigiTimes rumors: Although market rumors previously stated that Google is likely to use an EDGE solution developed by Texas Instruments (TI) for its planned handset, recent developments indicate that Google is also evaluating the possibility of launching a 3G handset initially. I’m still waiting on confirmation of some information from a certain American carrier regarding their technology platform, but, as I understand it, Google is past the evaluation stage in development for this iteration of the gPhone in terms of which mobile network they’ll use. Google [may] postpone the launch of the so-called Gphone to the first half of 2008 instead of the latter half of this year as expected due to the change of platform and problems related to licensing… Obviously nothing is set in stone, as the product is still in late-stage development, but it sounds to me that the product will be released sooner, rather than later. Deep Throat didn’t give me an exact date, but other sources tell me that it will be publicly released (not just demo’ed behind an NDA-wall) between 9/27 and 10/5, and released simultaneously (more or less) world-wide. I’m not...

Google to be 100% Open

Mike Arrington says he’s talked to four of several folks who attended a super-secret meeting over at the Googleplex that more or less say: The short version: Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Gtalk and other Google services over time. Here’s basically what Mike thinks that means: “On November 5 it is likely we’ll see third party iGoogle gadgets that leverage Orkut social graph information – the most basic implementation of what Google is planning.” My advice to Google employees whenever they’ve brought up the social network issue with me has always been dump Orkut! Orkut is only good if you’re in South Florida or South America. Other than that, GMail is your ultimate social networking tool. Tool up GMail, tighten up it’s integration with iGoogle, and ad the widgetizing feature to both to allow real-time social network via the oldest internet social tools in existence: email and chat. I can’t be the only person who sees this, can I? /rizznWant to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

gPhone: Vindicated!

Rizzn-ites! (further discussion on this can be found on Episode 121 of RizWords. Subscribe in iTunes for the first scoops!) Don’t ever doubt me again! When a leak or a confirmation comes from me, you know it’s true! :-p What am I talking about? Obviously you haven’t checked Engadget or your copy of the Boston Globe yet. The gPhone was demo’ed in Boston, according to Scott Kirsner, to: Dan Roth of Nuance, Mike Phillips of Vlingo, Paul Ferri of Matrix Partners, and Murali Aravamudan of Veveo. It’s an interesting assortment of names, and include a lot of names and companies we talk about here on the show. Off that tidbit, what can be assumed? Well, given that Google specializes in search, and has a considerable amount of resources devoted to video and voice recognition (GOOG-411 and Video Search), we can assume they’ll be either trying to incorporate their’s or other’s technology into the device. Additionally, Om Malik came out today with a number of other confirmations on things we already knew here at Rizzn: Google Phone is based on a mobile variant of Linux, and is able to run Java virtual machines. We knew this to be true from Deep Throat… Linux-based kernel. All applications that are supposed to run on the Google Phone are java apps. The OS has ability to run multimedia files, including video clips. We didn’t know that it would have video on it, although it would be rather silly for Google not to include one of it’s leading draws, currently, YouTube in the mix somehow. The Java angle makes me a bit nervous –...

RizWords Weekly Roundup

I’m going to try to highlight a few things from the show this week that I think warrant further discussion. This may or may not become a regular feature. We’ll see how you guys like it. gPhoneDo I really need to say more about this? Check Episode 116 of RizWords (you may need to subscribe to the feed to listen). Also read these two posts. The second one contains links to other interesting coverage. Or just Google gPhone. Everyone’s got an opinion now. Two Unfortunate Investments (originals: here and here).On Thursday we talked about VC put into startups Veveo.TV and Wis.dm. Both Art and I puzzled over the amount of money flowing into these two losers. Wis.dm is basically an expanded form of the comments features on every website on the web, but tries to be the newest Web 2.0 to pull wisdom from the crowds. On Wednesday and Friday, I inaccurately referenced from memory the anecdote of Sir Francis Galton, who was from the 19th century, not the 17th, as I said. The anecdote itself was properly related, though, which can be found in his Wikipedia entry: [T]he crowd at a county fair accurately guessed the butchered or the “slaughtered and dressed” weight of an ox when their individual guesses were averaged (the average was closer to the ox’s true butchered weight than the estimates of most crowd members, and also closer than any of the separate estimates made by cattle experts). The example by which the term is defined dictates that yes or no questions aren’t going to be the type of questions that the crowd displays...

Friday Wrap-Up

Hey, Rizzn-ites. It’s been an odd week for us here at Studio.Rizzn. It would appear that the gPhone story has knocked us onto a lot of people’s radars. There are actually enough people posting here to warrant a bit more attention from me to my blog. I know I’ve broken this promise many times in the past, but I’ll be posting a bit more often around here. And in the spirit of wrapping up the gPhone rumors, I’ll put in writing here what I’ve been trying to put out on the show the last couple of days… I got a call from my friend over at Google (the guy everyone calls ‘Deep Throat’), and he told me that “oops, yeah, um, I should have told you that stuff off-the-record, or not at all, because that demo I was talking about? yeah, it was a private demo, not a public one. Sorry!” On the up side, though, he’s not fired. On a similar note, I’ve finally contacted my old buddy at HTC to try to confirm the rumors CG started about them doing the hardware for the gPhone. Unfortunately, by the time I called him, the lockdown had already initiated. I know the fellow pretty well, so it was unusual for him to be so tightlipped. His exact quotes were “I know nothing,” and “I know only what I read on blogs.” This can be interpreted so many different ways, I’m not even going to try to extrapolate. Mostly, though, I surmise that very possibly the CrunchGear story is correct. Nothing in there directly contradicts anything I’ve heard. So, for...

gPhone Hubbub!

While the world continues to try to figure out whether to believe me and my unnamed source, I’ve got a list of a few of the folks talking about gPhone confirmation. Most folks are seeming to repeat what I say, and accurately interpreting the words, although a couple have taken an aspect of my analysis and skewed it. That’s ok – it’s expected. Since I don’t have any other breaking news today, and my Developing for Facebook story isn’t ready yet, I’m going to round up some of the coverage here. (hey! it’s not every day that the entire blogosphere mentions my name. let me bask in it for a second!) Google alerted me this morning that: Wired said that: Rumor: Google Phone Will Be Linux-Powered, GPS-Loaded and Cheap: “If the murmurs are true, the GPhone cometh in September.” the UK Guardian said that: The gPhone: “Speculation continues about Google’s mobile phone plans.” IntoMobile said that: Google GPhone confirmed as low-cost sub-$100 device: “Rizzn.com has also allegedly confirmed that the Google Phone will be using an ad-based model to help subsidize the cost of the phone – serving up Google ads whenever possible.” [a point of clarification… that’s analysis on my part, not confirmation. There will be ads on the phone, and the price-point is allegedly going to be low, but that one will subsidize the other, it’s just an educated guess on my part] SEOPrincipal said that: Google Phone “Confirmed” – Will Be The Computer For The Poor: “Finally, someone posted something that looks like a reliable confirmation of the coming release of the Google Phone.” [thanks! finally...

GPhone – It's Confirmed

digg_url = ‘http://www.rizzn.com/2007/08/gphone-its-confirmed.asp’; Update: 9:36 AM CST (10/02/207): This is where the update on all the new gPhone confirmations are.Update 5:36 PM CST (8/27/2007): 211 Blog Reactions to the story, according to Technorati. Apparently I struck a chord talking about the what people seemed to have now dubbed it, the “gPhone” (notice the iPhone-style capitalization). At any rate, I encourage you to check out the podcast discussion over at Podango to get the full sense of context of the conversation. It’s around 7-10 minutes into the show or so, but the first story off the top. Since it’s such a big deal and everyone is talking about it now, I’m going to check again with my friend and see if he or someone at the company will make a statement on it. He had mentioned a name (that presently escapes me) that had demo’ed it in the past and that might be willing to speak about it. My goal is to track him down or be given a good reason why he can’t (or won’t) speak to it now. Update 11:33 PM CST (8/27/2007): I spoke to my friend again this evening and told him about everyone’s linking and talking about the story. He was moderately amused, but ask for re-assurance I wouldn’t use his name, which I told him. He gave me the name of the fellow that’s the lead programmer/designer on the gPhone. He’s set to speak with him in the near future, and he’s going to try to casually ask whether or not he was actually supposed to say something about this or not. To re-iterate:...