Google has offically confirmed what has been rumored since the debut of Android and the Open Handset Alliance in 2007: The existence of a branded “Google phone” via a cryptic metaphor for dogfood. The device had previously been exposed via tweets by select employees this past week following the reveal of the HTC Passion in spy shots last month.
The hardware is expected to be officially announced next month during CES, with new information suggesting that T-Mobile will officially provide support for the device in terms of billing and service, with Google handling hardware sales and troubleshooting directly.
Preliminary specifications suggest that the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform and run Android 2.1, but no other specifications have been confirmed at this time.
Update: According to a Wall Street Journal report running tomorrow morning, the official name for the Google device will be the Nexus One and will also be offered by as yet unknown carriers, with Google serving as just one of the major distribution channels.