news.com has more details here. I’d be surprised at this point if this is THE Google phone that all the recent chatter is about. It seems this is a ‘mobile lab’ for employees to dogfood some internal developments before they are released. Although the phone is unlocked and not tied to any particular carrier so there is some flexibility there, but typically unlocked phones are several times the subsidized price you get when you get a new device through a carrier with a contract.
To be honest I’m more interested in the rumors of a data plan only phone with VOIP capabilities, but there’s no compelling reason why any carrier would let you run that on their network if they lose the opportunity to milk you for voice calls.
News is that Google has given all it’s employees a new Android based phone, and there’s a number of tweets online from employees talking about it. The best quote so far is that it’s‘like iPhone on beautifying steroids’
For Windows Mobile? Really? This seems like misguided effort to me. Why even bother with Windows Mobile? The trouble is though, I’m guessing here, Apple won’t allow any app on iPhones that results in the execution of some other language on the device. There’s still no Java support on the iPhone, and even something like a Commodore 64 emulator was denied entry to the iPhone store (although I believe this recently got accepted).
Next best bet then would be Android, which since it’s an open platform would not have the same hurdles to getting JavaFX support. But where is JavaFX for Android? Is it even on the horizon?