Will We See a Gphone?

6:30 AM -- Rumors abound that a device running the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system could be debuted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week: Just plug 'Gphone' into a Google search and check the results.

You can get a flavor of the coverage by checking out this Information Week article.

Google announced its Android software platform in November last year. Since then the device world has been almost wetting itself with excitement over the possible results, and what impact Android might have on the proprietary operating systems-based mobile phone market. (See Google Makes Mobile Move.)

One man with his finger on the wireless device pulse is CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood. He says there's industry gossip that LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) or High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) might have a prototype to show off, but that nothing has been substantiated.

"There's a lot of talk out there, a lot of guessing, but nothing's certain. I'm not convinced it would be Google's style to show off something like this at a show like MWC, but we'll see," says Wood.

One thing Wood is pretty certain about is that MWC will "be dominated by Linux announcements" on the device operating systems side of things. And Android, of course, is a Linux-based platform.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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