Andy Rubin, Google's head of Android development, insists the company isn't planning to build its own smartphones despite rumors to the contrary. His comment comes in response to new rumors that Google is getting ready to make its own Android-based handsets, according to CNET News.
"We're not making hardware," Mr. Rubin said. "We're enabling other people to build hardware."
Google's Android platform is targeted at portable devices such as smartphones, and is used in products such as the G1 smartphone, the Nook ebook reader and the upcoming Motorola Droid smartphone.
Market speculation has suggested in the past that Google was working on its own smartphone that could compete with Apple's iPhone. Mr. Rubin's comments, however, put those rumors to rest -- at least for now.