You may have noticed that I haven’t been covering every single instance of some random analyst claiming to have sources that say that Google or HTC will or will not be ready in time for a promised Q4 Android launch date. I also feel no need to get all journalistic about fantastic stories of the platform being “delayed” until Q4 when the time frame from the start has been “the second half of 2008.”
I don’t cover all of this “news” because, well, these stories are mostly stupid. The truth of the matter is that very few people actually know what is going on, but there are obviously a lot of people that wish to seem important by claiming that they have inside knowledge of the situation. The thing is, HTC and Google both would be crazy if their idea of expectation management was to keep telling the world that everything is hunky dory right up until December 31st, when they would suddenly reveal that “oops, it’s gonna be late.”
It certainly might be the case, but I doubt it. I’d rather place my money on the rumor mills being full of it. The industry certainly has a strong record of being full of crap when it comes to rumors – the thing is, nobody calls anybody on rumors that turn out to be false. So if nobody is keeping score, and people are all hot and bothered to hear the latest industry gossip, truth be damned, then it is easy to see the appeal of claiming insider info.
Of course some rumors are true. My request is that you, as a reader with more than one lonely neuron, simply take everything with a grain or two of salt.