Updated from 1:37 p.m.Google ( GOOG) says it will have an Android-powered phone on the market in 2008, rebutting a source's claims to the contrary. According to a source familiar with the situation, although a large number of people are hard at work on the Gphone and the open-source operating system/platform for mobile devices (Android) the actual Gphone will not be ready for release this year. That would mean that Apple's ( AAPL) second-generation iPhone, and the ever-growing list of about-to-be-released handsets (like the Garmin ( GRMN) nuviphone, Research In Motion ( RIMM) Blackberry Bold and Thunder, Sprint/Samsung Instinct and SonyEricsson Xperia) will now have a huge head-start over the Gphone. However, a Google spokesperson says "We're still on track to announce Android-powered phones this year. Some of our partners are publicly stating that they plan to ship Android phones in the fourth quarter."
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