Last week’s rumors about the Gphone not enough for you? Rumors the week before not enough? My Gphone: Google Phone Timeline of rumors over the past three years not enough? Fine. Below are some more, along with a look at the hype build-up for the phone compared to similar hype we had for Google Health.
Introducing the Google Phone from the Boston Globe covers Google showing a prototype to a small number of people, with Google itself continuing to say nothing. We learn one prototype had horizontal icon scrolling, wasn’t as flashy as the iPhone and had a small QWERTY keyboard.
Meanwhile, Om Malik gets inspired, asks around and in Five Facts About Google Phone, tells us some things we’ve heard before, that it might run on Linux and that HTC probably made several prototypes. He had a few other tidbits that don’t make the phone sound that different than some other phones.
At this point, the hype about Google Phone is feeling like the hype over Google Health. You remember Google Heath, right?
Back in early 2006, Adam Bosworth was noted as being "architect, Google Health," which got all the world awaiting some major health product from Google. Two months later, we got the big Google Health news from Google — that some health care sites had tagged their pages. Ho hum. Later that year, Bosworth himself pushed that this was the extent of any Google Health product and that there might not be more "for quite some time."
Last month, we got some screenshots that show more info of what seems to be the real Google Health product — a somewhat unimpressive list of forms you fill out to keep a record of your medical history with Google. Or not — because just like the Google Phone, what ultimately emerges might bear no relation to the rumors.