GLOBAL - Insider and journalist Eldar Murtazin has revealed to PhoneReport that the Google Phone rumours are in fact fake, and may have been fabricated by Apple, who usually attempts to play with Motorola's future products in the same manner.
In the Mobile-Review editor's own words: "For sure is Apple – they fight against future Moto products". This is the response to my public question on Twitter "any clue about who this rival company is?", part of an ongoing Twitter stream from Murtazin.
The journalist is an accurate source of rumours and rumour-clearing, also providing in-depth reviews of mobile phones before their official announcement.
The Google Phone rumour had been further detailed this weekend as Google employees received test units of the HTC Bravo/Passion in order to test the new Android 2.1 version. Many of them tweeted praising this "Google Phone", further feeding to the rumour and also leaking a picture of the unannounced HTC Bravo/Passion.
The "tweet" that leaked the picture above detailed it as "Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android".
Further investigation revealed the smartphone being codenamed "Nexus One". This information was found in one image taken by user "Bradley" a Picasa friend to Google co-CEO Sergey Brin.
Previous information details the HTC Bravo/Passion as an HD-recording and playback-capable smartphone with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 3.7" touchscreen, the latter quite possibly confirmed by the image above.
Google has denied every rumour about a possible "Google Phone", claiming it only assists in the software implementation of Android smartphones.