We're not going to deny it - we're a little late with this one. In fact, Google has all but discontinued the Nexus One. Nonetheless, enough of you have clogged our inboxes and comments sections with requests to give the device a once-over that we've conceded to popular demand. Better late than never, right? We're hoping so.
Although Google has given up selling the Nexus One itself, the handset is still available to buy from Vodafone and SIM free from online retailers. Most reckon this announcement by Google to be the signing of the Nexus One's execution warrant, but that's not to say now isn't the opportune moment to snap one up while available. Especially as a price drop isn't inconceivable in the wake of Google's announcement.
Naturally, we've loaded this particular Nexus One with the latest version of Android - 2.2 if you prefer numerals, Froyo if you don’t. This features the plethora of small tweaks and improvements we'd expect from an incremental update, as well as one particularly headline-grabbing addition: mobile Flash. This is provided as a separate download from the Android Marketplace, so in theory it could be made available to previous versions of the OS, but for now you'll need Android 2.2 to get it.
Knowing that Google won't be selling the Nexus One itself any more, we're wary of assuming it will remain the first device to get Android updates in the future, but as it runs the OS without third part 'improvements' it should at least be among the foremost devices to see future releases. We know it will be able to run Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) at any rate. This makes it a good option if you want to be at the cutting-edge of Android software releases for the foreseeable future, and why we've decided to look at it even at this late juncture.
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