This is pretty big, dear readers. If rumors shall hold true, then HTC is currently hard at work on a handset device. This wouldn’t sound at all interesting except for one small fact: it’s being custom built for none other than Google. Google has been slapping its mobile apps onto phones of all shapes and sizes for a while now, but has yet to drop a self-branded device. Rumors of a true Google phone, however, have been around almost as long as the iPhone rumors….that’s a long time, folks. HTC has apparently hooked up over 20 designs for Google to choose from. The winning handset will sport a custom version of Google Maps with built-in GPS, GMail, and Calender support, as well as Google Talk with VoIP (read: Wi-Fi) capability. All in all, this sounds like a match made in heaven. Expect this to drop sometime during Q1 of next year if things pan out.

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Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.