Nexus One Is First Official Google Phone with Android 2.1

 Nexus One Is First Official Google Phone with Android 2.1
Yes, Google Android has been around for a little while now and we’re starting to see the floodgates open up to reveal all sorts of handsets based on the platform. That’s one thing. It’s another thing altogether to get the so-called official Google Phone and it seems that we are getting our first look at this handset. Behold the Nexus One.

What you see here is what we believe to be the first real Google Phone. The Nexus One looks really similar to something else that you may have seen and for good reason; the Nexus One will apparently be build by HTC, a company that has already produced its fair share of Google Android smartphones.

There is an updated OS here with 3D elements in the app tray, and it seem that you get “an extended amount of homescreens” too. I could be wrong, but this is starting to sound a little much like the HTC Hero, except with a slightly different skin. There’s also a webOS-like feature in that if you press that grid-looking thing at the bottom, you bring up a card-style preview of all the home screens.

Based on these images, we can see the Nexus One will indeed get Wi-Fi and it seems to be connected to T-Mobile. It’ll probably come with Google Googles and Google Navigation too. There is no obvious HTC branding, but that’s who’s making the phone.

There’s no official word on price, release date, or even a formal announcement, so we’ll all just play this one by ear. Realistically, the Nexus One Google Phone is really no more exciting than the HTC Hero or Motorola Droid, is it?

Source: Engadget


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2 Comments

  1. Mark Sigal says:

    The timing of all of this is curious, though. Droid just launched, and both Verizon and Motorola have made a pretty significant bet on Android.

    To have the Google phone drop smack in the middle of Christmas buying season, certainly risks customers holding off on Droid, and waiting to see what Google will come out with for Verizon. Needless to say, the risk of that scenario playing out can't make either Verizon or Motorola too happy right now.

    More to the point, when you position yourself as a platform for handset makers and carriers, and then turn tail and compete with them so early in the ecosystem seeding process, that has to be a wake up call that maybe the enemy of my enemy (Apple) is not my friend after all.

    The reasoning that Google may feel that they need to put destiny into their own hands RIGHT NOW is something that I blogged about in:

    Android’s ‘Inevitability’ and the Missing Leg
    http://bit.ly/87URNI

    Check it out, if interested.

    Mark

  2. NQ Logic says:

    Google is moving down in the stack to challenge B2C opponents with an open architecture and new sets of standards. In creating a post-revenue business model, Google can only manage success if consumers accept a co-branding and outsourced manufactured device … NQ Logic recommends reading about the rest of the new Google's mobile strategy at http://www.nqlogic.com

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