Google Pushes Tailored Phones To Win Lucrative Ad Market, a WSJ story that broke out in the beginning of August has since then spawned many rumors, the latest being the launch of Gphone (Google Phone) in India.
Rediff has a report saying:
"Google, the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major, is believed to be a fortnight away from the worldwide launch of its much-awaited Google Phone (Gphone) and has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks."
Apparently Google is in talks with Indian mobile service providers, Bharti AIrtel, Vodafone Essar and BSNL.
Talks are believed to be taking place with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, respectively India's first and third largest mobile telephony operators, and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam.
And that's not all. According to the report, Google is also preparing for a simultaneous launch in the U.S. and Europe:
Sources close to the development said a simultaneous launch across the US and Europe is expected, and announcements would be sent to media firms in India and other parts of the world. US regulatory approval, which is expected soon, is the only hurdle that Google is waiting to cross, they added. Google plans to invest $7-8 billion for its global telephony foray.
Back in June, Search Engine Round Table had an image of an authentic Google Phone.