Google calls Android-related press event, smartphone rumours fly

Bu will the suggested Google smartphone play a role in enterprise?

Google has called an Android-related press conference at its Mountain View campus in the US for January 5 and has the tech press abuzz in what is usually a quiet time of the year for announcements.

While official details of what will be discussed at the event are scarce, several reports have suggested it could be centred on the Nexus One, the HTC-built handset many think Google is developing.

It might be something entirely different that is presented at the press conference, but that hasn’t stopped the media juggernaut getting into full swing.

But regardless of whether Google decides to announce a smartphone now or later, the question for many organisations is whether they would bother switching over from their current devices.

BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and even the iPhone have a well-cemented place in the enterprise. Will Google even rate a mention in smartphone policy discussions?

In the short term I doubt it will have much impact, except for those organisations that are about to undergo a refresh.

But Google has an unnerving ability to succeed with its developments and will surely put its considerable resources behind making any smartphone a success in the long term.

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