Both Samsung and LG and ramping up their efforts to bring us a Google by the end of 2008, so reports The Korean Times in their article. It is also noted that the Google phone based on Android may debut though in early 2009. The article states:

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will unveil phones based on Google’s Android mobile phone software platform by the end of this year in the United States.

“We have been talking with Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 U.S. mobile wireless operator, for the development of the `Google Phone’ with the launching slated for later this year,’’ a Samsung spokesperson said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Google showcased a prototype of “Google Phone’’ at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Unlike rival operating systems from Microsoft and the Nokia-owned Symbian, Google’s Android Operating System is based on an open-source code.

A group of 30 mobile operators said they would support Google’s operating system as Google virtually promised to provide the new operating system for free.

The Android-based phones will compete with Apple’s iPhone in the world’s biggest consumer electronics market.

LG Electronics, which has been aggressively selling touch-screen phones in the U.S. to catch up with No. 4 Sony Ericsson, also plans to start providing a phone equipped with the Android system later this year.

“We have been in talks with several wireless operators in the U.S. including the regional No. 4 Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile,’’ an LG spokesperson said.

After much speculation during the past few years, it now appears that there really, really is going to be a Google phone after all. 🙂

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Complete article is here.

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