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Private Showings Set for Gphone OS

What we know so far about Google's Android phone.

It now seems like next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will be the place where some lucky journalists will get a glimpse of what the upcoming Google (GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C Report phone -- dubbed the Gphone -- will look like.

The greatly anticipated Google Android mobile operating system will be previewed for select members of the media in private sessions early next week. I'll be among the first to see Android -- and will have all the details for you before the market opens Monday.

We know so far that next week the new operating system will be running on an older device powered by an

ARM

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processor -- according to an ARM spokesperson.

And we also know that the working code name for the device's operating software is Android. That fact was announced in November.

Google is reportedly partnering with

Dell

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to create the first gPhones.

I expect we'll hear more about the design at the Barcelona show.

Showing Android at this show could mean that the first Google phone will run on GSM networks worldwide -- which means either

AT&T

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or T-Mobile (a unit of

Deutsche Telekom

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) will be the chosen cellular carrier in the U.S.

They're not letting our cameras inside the preview session -- but I'll describe everything I see as soon as I can get back to my computer Monday morning.

With 34 years experience as a journalist -- the last 27 with NBC -- Gary Krakow has seen all the best and worst technology that's come along. Gary joined MSNBC.com before it actually went online in July 1996. He produced and anchored the first live Webcast of a presidential election in November 1996. With a background as a gadget freak, audiophile and ham radio operator, Krakow started writing reviews for both Audio and Stereophile Magazines in the 80s. Once at MSNBC.com, Krakow started writing a column to help feed his personal passion for playing with gadgets of all types, shapes and sizes. Within a short time, that column became a major force in many electronics industries -- audio, video, photography, GPS and cell phones. Readership soared, and manufacturers told him they had actual proof that a positive review in his column sold thousands of their products. Many electronics manufacturers have used quotes from his reviews in their sales literature as well as on their Web sites. There have also been a few awards too, including Emmys in the 70s, 80s and 90s.