I ignored this when it came out. It’s not a google phone. It’s a google phone OS. Looks like the API is Java (thats not a bad thing, tho I’d prefer C#), and the API is well integrated into the phone – unlike Windows Mobile (the C apis – which are distinctly different from the .NET Compact Framework)
Definitely something to watch, especially given the handset and telco providers. Vodafone (which is, I think, the largest international carrier) is conspicuous in their absence.
I’m sure the $10m that google are putting up for interesting apps will make it somewhat more attractive too. Rather the opposite to Apple’s “no SDK for you, iphone developers”.
With an API for the iPhone coming, however, it does make things….. interesting.
Oh, and why does one of the test phones look a lot like the new Palm phone? Especially as Palm doesn’t really have an OS anymore, and they were working on having Linux under the hood…… hrmmm.