Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Google smartphone that runs on new software designed by Google.
The device has a lot in common with Apple's popular iPhone.
Photos, music and map services? Check, check and check.
It will be the first smartphone powered by the search engine company's software, called Android.
Naturally, the device is Google-friendly, with a built-in button on the keyboard as a shortcut for online searches.
With its move into the smartphone market, Google is taking a slightly different approach from Apple. While Apple keeps control over the applications that can be sold or given away at its online store, any programmer can create and distribute software products designed to run on Google's new operating system.