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'Nexus One' Google Phone Outed

Gordon Kelly


'Nexus One' Google Phone Outed

For years there was speculation about Google making a smartphone, but when it did eventually launch into the sector the decision was to provide software not hardware. But could that all be about to change?

Over the weekend (allegedly credible) shots emerged of the first official Google mobile phone courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. According to the EXIF data on the photos it is called the 'Nexus One', though the Bladerunner reference could simply be a codename. It is also made by HTC and looks darn similar to the HTC Passion which surfaced last week.

Nothing is nailed down about the specs either, with talk of a 3.7in AMOLED display with support for multi-touch, a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and a five megapixel camera all widely discussed. There is no physical keyboard. A build of Android 2.1 is said to be used for Nexus One testing, while Google apparently gave the handset to a number of its staff for internal testing on 10 December.

As for availability January is the month so-called 'insiders' claim the Nexus One will go on sale with Google selling it directly as a sim free model as well as subsidised on networks. No mention of a wider European or Global launch has been mentioned.

What do we think? It's possible and Google may well want a 'signature' series for Android to preserve the integrity of its platform. After all it is known that the search giant isn't overly pleased with manufacturers who have heavily customised the OS or tried to add in their own proprietary app stores. The response to this up to now was simply to remove the 'Google' branding from the hardware, but a Google phone would be the strongest rebuttal yet. It would also make OTA upgrading to each new version of Android simple by taking it out the hands of manufacturers and networks.

That said, this could simply be an internal model used for Android testing or just complete nonsense. After all, any move into the hardest market would likely see Google alienate its partners by competing with them directly. That is the reason you don't see Microsoft making an official Windows laptop or desktop...

In short: this one is too tight to call...


via the WSJ


December 14, 2009, 9:21 am

Its looking pretty good. Test Drive Android OS 2.0 Emulator on Windows.



December 14, 2009, 2:32 pm

Maybe it's similar to the Google Ion or Google Android Dev Phone 1 mobile phones....

That's just my guess though.


December 14, 2009, 4:45 pm

Android is looking so strong for the first part of the new year. Im excited about this. Quick question, has anyone tried any of the snes/GBA/whatever emulators only using touchscreen controls? Cant see it being very good but I would love a phone like this or the Bravo


December 14, 2009, 5:16 pm

I think this sounds like a great idea esp. for the updates as it does take the networks out of the equation and that is only a good thing, no more crippled devices

snoop 7

December 14, 2009, 7:04 pm

@ Gordon Kelly



Don't mean to be pedantic but AMOLED and LCD are two different types of technology, surely you mean the device will have an AMOLED screen :)


December 14, 2009, 7:11 pm

@snoop_7 - fair point, LCD has become something of a lazy shortcut for 'display'. Corrected it.

@Jay - I think you're right. I increasingly see manufacturers as wanting to escape the despotic control of networks and users increasingly don't want to be tied to long contracts on locked phones.


December 14, 2009, 8:25 pm

Yay. Mobile providers are the next dumb pipes!


December 15, 2009, 12:13 am

Funny how Google release an open source OS and then get annoyed about it being customised. I love Android but personally find the stock build a bit lacking in usability. For me HTCs customisations really make the difference.


December 15, 2009, 6:41 pm

@ravmania: I completely agree. After looking at vanilla Android 2.0 on the Milestone, I think I'd rather have HTC's 1.5 build from the Hero, particularly since 2.0's clever satnav has been hobbled on this side of the pond.

I'm biased of course, since I own a Hero, but I'm eagerly anticipating HTC's 2.0 update...


December 16, 2009, 1:20 am

I too really like the HTC sense UI but since they have already missed out on the 1.6 update and skipped to 2.0 (which I understand why) but I fear they won't keep updating the OS forever esp when their new products come out.

also if I may as a quick question is it possible to launch youtube vids from the browser in the youtube app cause a friend wants to do that as they say they stutter in the flash browser and asked me if I knew?

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