Discovering the 'World' Through Your Phone

gphonecoming.jpgDespite Eric Schmidt’s dismissal of the Google phone rumor, Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth just demonstrated an Apple iPhone-Google Maps widget at Where 2.0 and reiterated that mobile is crucial, while further emphasizing CRIB nations (a majority of the world’s population) will discover the Web world through their phones. Previous dismissal aside, Jones' insinuation suggests gPhone is imminent, and I suspect the device will be free/ad subsidized in economies where majorities can’t afford least-common-denominator Motorola or Nokia featurephones. I'll limb it for the fools errand duty as well and give gPhone 8-12 months to arrive.