No Gphone, but Google Announces Mobile Platform

After months of speculation, Google has finally announced—no, not the much-anticipated Gphone, but an operating system for mobile phones. Andy Rubin, Google’s director of mobile platforms, whose company Android that Google bought in 2005 is both the basis and name of the new platform, just posted a bit on it, though a conference call with more details starts in a few minutes. (Silicon Alley Insider is liveblogging the call.) But if a phone seemed threatening to the current state of mobile affairs, this looks even more sweeping. As Rubin says:

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