Orange to Build Google Phoneposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/17/2006 03:45:00 AM
Executives from Orange flew to Silicon Valley in California for a meeting at Google's headquarters, or 'Googleplex', to hold preliminary discussions about a joint deal. The companies believe that they have an affinity as brands that are perceived as both 'positive' and 'innovative'.
The provider of the phone would be HTC.
Their plans centre on a branded Google phone, which would probably also carry Orange's logo. The device would not be revolutionary: manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese firm specialising in smart phones and Personal Data Assistants (PDAs), it might have a screen similar to a video iPod. But it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset.
This would be a first for a major portal. Google acquired Android a year ago. Android was founded Andy Rubin, who previously started mobile-device maker Danger Inc.