Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a QWERTY styled smartphone design. It appears that with RIM on the ropes, Google want's to swoop in with a design that incorporates a hard key styled QWERTY keyboard that Blackberry fans are familiar with. Considering that the design was engineered and lead by Google's Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, you know that this is likely to be a priority project. And to prove this point, the original patent application was only filed in January of this year. The fact that it's being published just four months later is something to behold. The only question remaining is: will they be fast tracking this project to market? Only time will tell.