One can safely assume that there is going to be a lot of news around the gPhone pretty soon. The heart of the project is not the gadget itself, but what the gadget can do and how. As one might have guessed, all the Google's web and desktop applications are to be made available on the phone; thereby increasing the reliance of the user on Google for even the smallest tasks.
Mobile applications have always been there, but Google has stretched the boundaries just when the domain seemed saturated. All these applications are based on a development framework called 'Android', which uses C/ C++ APIs, which in turn, interact with a Linux kernel. All of this is packaged into an open source SDK and is available for the developers to be exploited. A hefty reward of 10 million dollars has been offered for the best development of application using Android. More information and tutorials are available at:
Homepage - http://code.google.com/android
Video resources - http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GoogleDevelopers
There could be a direct threat to the likes of the Windows mobile and iPhone! Hopefully, the end users and the IT industry are to be the gainers.
2008 could very well be the year for mobile computing because the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 2008 is supposed to ease the development of mobile applications, as well. The launch of iPhone will definitely have opened avenues for its development of applications. Awesome, huh?