A Taiwanese technology site, Digitimes, is reporting that handset component makers have told them that Taiwanese handheld maker HTC is building the Google phone and initial shipments should come this year and a global roll-out next year, according to a report on the Engadget blog.
"The phones will feature Texas Instruments' 3G platform with EDGE and of course built-in G-Mail and Google Maps. Unfortunately, they will not be GPS enabled. The handsets are also said to sport both Google and carrier branding with 'sources' claiming that European's Orange might be the first carrier to see the hotness," the report says.
Engadget cautioned, however, that Digitimes "doesn't have the best track record with rumors."