Google obviously has a major interest in mobile devices, as should be patently clear from its work on Android for smartphones and tablets. We've heard recently about some more out-there projects, like the idea ofan Android based pair of glasses with a heads up display The latest to pique our interest arrives thanks to an FCC application, in which Google describes its plans to test a "next generation personal communication device".
The application mentions that the device will use Bluetooth and WiFi for
communication, and will undergo testing both at Google facilities and
in the homes of employees. The purpose of this testing will be to
confirm the basic functionality of these devices, while seeing what kind
of a load they'll place on WiFi networks.
So, just what might Google be up-to here? Those Android glasses could
certainly be a candidate for the mystery project, but the sky's really
the limit. We know Google loves the opportunity to do some real-world
data collection when it gets the chance; maybe we're looking at
something that will act as a crowd-sourced sensor net of some kind,
uploading data over WiFi when a network is within reach. Whatever it is,
it doesn't sound like a regular smartphone, but that's probably in the
Google's requested to perform its testing through the middle of July;
maybe we'll learn more about these mystery devices sometime around then.