No, this isn’t about a gPhone, or whatever you want to call it. I don’t know anything about Google’s plans in that space.
But, I do know that Google filed a patent last October that is very obtusely worded around text entry, but that really indicates that Google understands that context is what’s going to unlock tremendous new power in the mobility era.
I tried reading the patent filing, but found this post at Mad4MobilePhones much more coherent.
Here are some of the most relevant quotes from that post:
“The patent filing details an application that can predict what a user is searching for or the words they are typing in a text message by taking into account the users location, previous searching / messaging history and even the time of day.”
“This patent is truly groundbreaking in what the application could do. Imagine that you are planning a night out in London. At 6pm Google could predict you are looking for a restaurant and, given your history of looking for directions to Chinese restaurants every week, would select an array of suitable places for you to eat.”
“At 9pm you would turn your phone on again and Google would know you wanted bars near the restaurant. At 11pm Google again predicts you need a list of local taxi firms.”
Exactly! This is the power of mobility!