Ever since Google started spruiking its mobile operating system Android in 2007 (alongside the formation of the Open Handset Alliance), speculation has raged that Google would one-day release its own stand-alone handset to compete directly with the iPhone. So far, that hasn’t happened.
Google has, instead, continued to play nicely, seemingly content to promote its open-standard for mobile phones, through programs such as the Android Developer Challenge (which offered $25,000 and further development funding for the 50 most innovative and promising applications for Android submitted by April 2008) and the creation of this nifty app.
The last feature reminds me of an application recently launched by Australian technology company insqribe for the iPhone. You be the judge.