Orange working with Google to create a ‘Google Phone’, papers say

19 Dec 2006

According to reports in the UK newspaper the Observer, Google is in talks with French mobile giant Orange about a multi-billion-dollar strategic alliance to develop a Google mobile phone capable of doing web tasks efficiently by way of Google software inside the terminal. The new handsets, the paper speculates, could hit the market as soon as 2008 with Taiwanese manufacturer HTC being linked to the plans. HTC specialises in developing smart phones and PDAs, and could be involved in developing the new unit which would house a screen similar to a video iPod, but with built-in Google software that would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset.