Where’s My gPhone?

Google, along with a num­ber of mobile hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers, announced the Android mobile OS today. What became painful­ly obvi­ous, though, from read­ing Engad­get’s live-blog­ging of the con­fer­ence call is that the press mem­bers that were allowed to ask ques­tions have no idea what any of this means. Repeat­ed ques­tions of ‘so when is Google going to release their own mobile hard­ware?’ I fig­ured that there might be some con­fu­sion over open-source licens­ing but it appeared the press did­n’t know hard­ware from soft­ware. It just seemed that the big media tech reporters weren’t ask­ing ques­tions about mov­ing towards stan­dard­ized plat­forms on mobile devices.