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Meet the New Google Phone

3:45 PM -- The funny thing about the rush of new coverage about the real Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) phone is that if turns out to be the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) "Nexus One" then there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of difference between this and many existing Android phones. (See Google's 'Mobile Lab' .)

The bulk of HTC Android phones run on T-Mobile US Inc. , and they're already branded with "Google" on the phone casing. Any difference is going to be in the software and underlying processing power.

Even if the device is sold as an open, unlocked phone in the U.S., the FCC Documents seem to suggest that it will most likely run on the T-Mobile network. So, any real killer stuff is still probably in the software, stupid.

This new round of rumors started because of a "mobile lab" project that a Google veep blogged about this weekend. Google says a gadget being handed out to employees to test is "a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities."

What could get interesting is if this so-called "lab" is some kind of baseline reference design for a next generation of Android hardware. That is still in the realm of theoretical at the moment, however.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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