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Google Dismisses Nexus Two & Chrome OS Nexus Tablet

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Google Dismisses Nexus Two & Chrome OS Nexus Tablet

Been dreaming of a successor to the Nexus One? Google has some bad news for you...

In an interview with the Telegraph, Google CEO Eric Schmidt explained:

“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."

We get Schmidt's argument here, though think he's wrong. The Nexus One - while initially an online sales failure - has been a hit with techies and Apple's new iPhone 4 sales model shows offering an unlocked handset which has direct access to the latest firmware can sell like hotcakes.

The bad news doesn't end there though, since Schmidt also said the rumoured Chrome OS tablet is unlikely:

"We've talked about it. We have a reference spec for Chrome OS, we have a couple of hardware partners all lined up and the open source is all out there. It's on schedule and it will happen later this year. Let's see how well those partners do first. My guess is we won't need to. The PC industry is different from the phone industry. The PC industry is used to working with Microsoft, whereas the mobile industry was not used to working with software."

In all fairness a Google specific Chrome OS tablet is different to the Nexus One. Unlike Android, Chrome OS is meant to be virtually invisible: a minimalistic gateway to the Internet via a simple browser. That said, given the technical tour de force that was the Nexus One, we'd have liked to see what sort of tablet Google would have come with.

*Sigh*

Source: Telegraph

Runadumb

July 6, 2010, 12:03 am

*Deep Breath* NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo!





Still don't believe it to be true. Will be looking forward to the nexus 2 in january. Heard it here first. Inside knowledge.

Zero

July 6, 2010, 1:43 am

To be fair there is not much more to add to the Nexus one. It is already a heavy duty phone. So until new technology arrives there no point.

Castalan

July 6, 2010, 2:57 am

Awww I was looking forward to having a Nexus Two .. I've ( sadly ) been having so much fun with the current one ... still Gingerbread to look forward to I suppose :)

Lyon Lim

July 6, 2010, 6:35 am

I was really looking forward to Nexus Two too. I'm frustrated by the manufacturers deciding whether or not they want to release an update for Android on their devices. Software updates should be done like iPhone. I'm always thinking twice before picking up an Android phone because of that.

Gordon394

July 6, 2010, 6:37 am

@Lyon Lim - I can sympathise. The primary reason I went with an iPhone 4 was the certainty of firmware updates. Even Nexus One owners get very staggered access to these.

Greg17b

July 6, 2010, 12:17 pm

@Gordon - was that the certainty that they'd have to keep fixing things? Sorry for dragging it up again, but I can barely make a call on my iPhone 4 without it dropping, and browsing off 3G is near impossible unless I hold it in a fashion that looks like a) I want everyone to see I have one and b) invites every petty street thief to come and have a good at nabbing it. I suspect like many owners, I'm now stuck between what comes first - the software update or the end of the 30 day return window. I suspect the latter...

Keithe6e

July 6, 2010, 2:40 pm

@Greg: If you was not happy with your 3GS that you was going to sell and get an Android phone with, and hated ITunes, why on Earth did you buy an iPhone4 in the first place?

PGrGr

July 6, 2010, 5:30 pm

Gordon,





Surprised that you're that disappointed, really. Eric's logic works for me: The Nexus one did it's job and gave a boost to the fledgling Android ecosystem. By the time the Nexus two would have come about, there would be loads of accomplished Android phones on the market, so the necessity is just not there.

Fishscene

July 8, 2010, 4:19 am

What happened to the "Nexus Enterprise"?

Gordon394

July 8, 2010, 5:57 am

@Blueport - it's not just the Nexus Two, I'm more concerned about it not making a Chrome OS reference device like the Nexus One. PC makers are creative free zones in general and need something to inspire them.





@Fishscene - never heard of it. Think you've been fed a line (username pun intended)

Fishscene

July 8, 2010, 11:59 pm

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035... and http://gizmodo.com/5444173/nex... lol. nice pun. :) Granted nothing was ever officially announced, but the hints were definitely dropped.

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