I’m in two minds as to whether they should bother getting into hardware…
Analysts ponder how search leader Google GOOG might make a play for the mobile market as rumors swirl that the company will make a phone or similar handheld device.
Much speculation centers on the company making a cell phone and even selling its own service plan. But many others expect Google will stake its claim in telecom with a Wi-Fi phone that transmits calls over the Internet rather than over cellular networks. Google didn’t return calls seeking comment.
“A Wi-Fi phone makes more sense to me,” said analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates. “I could see them put out a phone with VoIP (Internet calling) and a good Web browser, then make money through search-based ads like they do now on desktops.”