LG's Google phones

Well, we are getting a Google Phone of sorts, just not the one we were hoping for – or at least not yet, anyway. Instead LG's been getting frien

Well, we are getting a Google Phone of sorts, just not the one we were hoping for – or at least not yet, anyway. Instead LG's been getting friendly under the duvet with the search king and signed a pact to bring Google's suite of mobile apps to its handsets.So that's Google Mail, Google Maps and Blogger Mobile all to be preloaded on a range of the Korean maker's phones, adding a bit of substance to their undoubted style.We hear 10 phones will be getting the software makeover in 2007, though we don't know which, if any, will be making their way here.But don't worry if an LG upgrade isn't on the cards; Maps and Mail can already be downloaded for free for any mobile (such as the Shine, pictured). And while we can't yet enjoy the delights of US-only Blogger Mobile and its option to post MP3 voice entries on the fly, perhaps this deal could signal the service's arrival here soon.This does also clear up one contradictory aspect of the Google Phone rumour; that Google was busy on software rather than hardware. If this is the sum total of the software effort then it can hardly have diverted much in the way of resources away from developing an actual phone. Hark, is that the rumour mill we hear spinning again?

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