War of the phones

Well, the topic spells it out. There's a war going on out there. It's a war for the de-facto mobile communication start-point to end-point for all users. First, we had the momentous debut of the iPhone, another feather in Apple's cap. Now, we have pretty strong rumors of a GPhone and the not-yet-mainstream rumor of a PlayStation phone from Sony Ericsson.

iPhone vs. GPhone

Is this the mega-clash to watch out for? The GPhone will be one giant stride for Google. For one, it explains why Google never came out with an OS when all and sundry were commenting on a GoogleOS to combat Microsoft's hegemony. Simply, Google had its eyes set on another platform. And there is immense room in the market for both the iPhone and the GPhone to be successful.

More phones in the lurking?

Yes, there's one trend that is surfacing. Communication is the core, and any product around it is big money. With deep pockets, a skilled design team, and a "killer app," perhaps a phone is not a bad idea. Consider this, there was another rumor rife at the Leipzig Games Convention that Sony Ericsson was planning a PlayStation-based phone (PocketGamer) somewhere down the line.

With online advertising as the mainstay of its success, Google has a lot of options to play with to determine the price of the GPhone. Many people think that it will cost less than the iPhone, but with similar features.

What often intrigues me is how the traditional mobile phone heavy weights are not at the center of this innovation flux. Did they never see these coming, a whole industry becoming a fundamental base for add-on apps? As for a user, it's indeed a rollicking time to own a phone. So, with the limited speculation that is out there, would a GPhone interest you?

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