Which may sound altogether unappealing, until you realize it could be how Google plans to give away their Google Phone for free and potentially shake up the whole mobile industry in the process
The last few days have seen Google's perceived positition regarding a Google-branded Android phone do an almost complete 180. Contrary to their previously publicized lack of interest in releasing a phone of their own, the Wall Street Journal this weekend reported on details of the Nexus One, a phone to be marketed directly to consumers as the "Google Phone" in the first quarter of 2010.
The Internet has been abuzz since the WSJ's initial story dropped, and more spy shots of the phone itself continue to leak out. But here's why you should care: it could finally make good on a strategy many have assumed was Google's intent with Android all along--a heavily discounted (or even free) ad-supported smartphone that's not tied to any specific carrier.