Is this the start of the Google Mobile Empire?
Well, I'd suggest that is jumping the gun somewhat but with official news from the World's second largest handset maker that it is pushing hard to get its first Android offering onto the market early can only broaden smiles at Mountain View.
"We are accelerating the development process for Google phone in order to meet the specific need of local carriers," explained an official Samsung Electronics representative. "We will be able to release Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in the US market."
Quite what form such a handset would take is naturally open to some debate (or not as it'll probably be a touchscreen handset slab with/without physical keyboard) but with Motorola, HTC and Sony Ericsson all moistening to the open source OS it suggests 2009 is going to be a real humdinger of a year for smartphones.
In related news Talk is already building of an impending successor to the T-Mobile G1. Predictably called the 'G2' it will apparently give the public what they want, ie: a Touch HD-esque model with Android. Even a 'G3' is expected to be fast behind that. Should this map out then what of G1 owners locked into 18 month contracts? Well, it's the standard price for being an early adopter I'm afraid...
G2 Info via BGR