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Gphone Launch To Be Delayed Till End of 2008

The launch of Google's new Gphone, powered by Google's own software, is alleged to be delayed till the end of 2008; however Google maintains that the handsets will be released in the fourth quarter.

The director of mobile platforms at Google claimed that the Gphone requires the support of mobile operators and handset manufacturers which is why the project is taking time.

Google, with its newly designed operating system called Android, reckons that it will generate more revenue, as the system will enable the users to access Internet on their mobile phones.

Presently, the search engine is under great pressure to launch its Gphone as soon as possible, because its main rival, the Apple's 3G Iphone, is all set to hit the mobile market by the 11th of July.

With an alliance of around 30 partners, Gphone is expected to provide greater user control but unlike Apple, Google doesn't have full control over the hardware side which could potentially give rise to compatibility issues.

But any delay will sure benefit Apple and other rivals like Windows-based phones, Blackberrys or Palm.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.