Orange and Google working on Gphone

Miles sent this today, details about the Google and Orange meeting which happened recently. The future for Orange could soon be Google in your pocket

Google is on the move. The internet giant has held talks with Orange, the mobile phone operator, about a multi-billion-dollar partnership to create a 'Google phone' which makes it easy to search the web wherever you are.

The collaboration between two of the most powerful brands in technology is seen as a potential catalyst for making internet use of mobile phones as natural as on desktop computers and laptops.

Executives from Orange flew to Silicon Valley in California for a meeting at Google's headquarters, or 'Googleplex', to hold preliminary discussions about a joint deal. The companies believe that they have an affinity as brands that are perceived as both 'positive' and 'innovative'.

This is very interesting, Google have been focusing on the mobile side of things for quite a while now (mobile gmail being the crackberry for the kids) but this is certainly something else. Imagine rich applications by google running over a nice free connection paid for by Google provided by Orange on your HTC Orange phone. That would worth something.

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