Skype is starting to make mobile waves with its apps like the one on Verizon's Droid, but now Google wants to get in the action as it is apparently working on a Google Voice widget for Android.
Android fan site Androinica.com has released a video on YouTube showing off an unreleased preview version of the upcoming T-Mobile G2, the mobile provider's first major Android phone in two years.
In the video there is an embedded interface on the phone's home screen that shows a phone icon as well as a demarcation of "$2.86" (presumably Google Voice credits). Next to that are the words "International calls only" in what is unmistakably a Google Voice interface.
Google already struck lightning against Skype when it launched a full-scale phone calling service embedded into Gmail last week. Bringing something similar to the mobile world could be a huge move.
Obviously Google and T-Mobile have not made any proclamations about a mobile Google Voice service, but it does undercut the idea that voice-over IP (VoIP) is making a comeback. After traditional landlines were made nearly obsolete by mobile phones, VoIP services are now trying to usurp mobile phones.
Mark Raby Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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