Search engine giant Google may release its own brand of handset by the end of this year, according to a media report.
The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone, the Telegraph reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the discussions.
Google already develops the Android operating system that runs on 80 per cent of smartphones sold around the world.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai had, however, earlier said that “our plan is still to work with hardware partners”. Known for its internet software, the tech giant in recent years has taken steps into hardware by releasing its own tablet computer, laptops and other gadgets.
Its own phone would allow Google to control the Android software, securing the future of services such as the Google search engine and Google Play app store that run on it, the report said.