Google's 'Gphone' said to be mobile OS

New reports suggest search giant Google is believed to be working on a mobile operating system and not a handset device as previously speculated.

Engineers at the company have been working on a secret mobile project for two years and observers had until now believed the project involved a mobile handset, which some had dubbed the "iPhone killer".

However, according to latest reports, Google is now believed to be working on a Linux-based operating system for use on all makes of mobile phone, pitched not against Apple, but rather existing mobile OSs such as Symbian or Microsoft's Windows Mobile.

Analysts believe Google wants to extend its dominance of online advertising to the rapidly growing mobile internet market and is hoping to persuade mobile providers and phone manufacturers to offer phones running its software.

The cost of those phones may be partly subsidised by Google-managed advertising appearing on their screens. The company is also expected to integrate its full suite of applications into the new OS and develop its own mobile web browsing software.

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MS working on some kind of internet application (Silverlight) and it was said to be flash-killer, same goes for zune. Why is it that everytime a company tries to do something thats already on the market, it is said to be "competitor-killer"?
Let the thing comes out, and its consumers who decides who kills wat.

To be on topic, say I install this on a phone (Symbian or Win Mobile), how can I revert back to my Symbian OS or Windows CE?

Nope nope nope, I turned off the automatic advertisements that 3 put on their phones, but I have a feeling they will be forced on this Google OS.