As some of you may know, Google is working on platform for a new cell phone. The gPhone has been officially announced. Here is the ticker. There is no actual physical phone. The interesting thing is that they are not making the hardware but developing a platform based on a open standard. What this could mean in the near future is amazing. Cell phones would be more compatible with each other. You will have the ability to have the cell phone do what you want to do(like make a simple phone call). The name of this platform is called Android.
Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation. We have developed Android in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance, which consists of more than 30 technology and mobile leaders including Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC and T-Mobile. Through deep partnerships with carriers, device manufacturers, developers, and others, we hope to enable an open ecosystem for the mobile world by creating a standard, open mobile software platform. We think the result will ultimately be a better and faster pace for innovation that will give mobile customers unforeseen applications and capabilities.
Here is a little video about the history of this project.