An excellent article in the New York Times looks at Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, and tries to uncover what the gPhone really shall become in the ever evolving mobile market.
The NYT is confident referring to the gPhone as a "software" package, rumors of which we have heard countless times. According to the extensive report, the gPhone will be made available by the middle of 2008 and is being produced by Google's partners (HTC, among others?) Google's contribution will be an open OS that shall be distributed freely and will earn revenue via advertising links. Interestingly, the model of bundling free software has been pretty successful in the past, as exemplified by Internet Explorer.