Google is still popping up on the news sites. The first thing is that they’re very slowly (much slower I would assume than the IMAP rollout) rolling out a new version of the Gmail interface. The differences that I’ve read about are an improved contacts management page and more integration and improvement of Google Talk/chat. It’s also supposed to make Gmail faster. Now I don’t know how anyone will notice it since Gmail is already very responsive and smooth, but faster wouldn’t hurt. Screenshots are here. Official word from Gmail Blog.
Finally, this popped up on Slashdot as I was writing this. The GooglePhone has long been rumored to be in the making. Google has said it isn’t, others have said they’re lying and there is one. Apparently, it’s not actually a phone, but a mobile operating system for a phone. This, unfortunately, does not tie together with their interest in the 700 MHz spectrum. However, there is now talk of Google talking to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile about providing phones that run their mobile operating system. This would give Google a large established customer base.