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Google Formally Announces Nexus One Smartphone

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Google Formally Announces Nexus One Smartphone

Given Andy, Riyad and I spent the whole of yesterday travelling and we're a good eight hours behind you now you probably saw the official details on Google's Nexus One launch before we did. Still, taking a step away from CES for a moment, this is what we understand now we're back up to speed.

In a nutshell, all the leaks were spot on. We do indeed have Google's first official mobile phone, it is made by HTC and the primary specs were bang on: 3.7in 800 x 480 resolution capacitive OLED display (no multitouch support as yet), 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, a 5MP camera with LED flash, GPS and - interestingly - 802.11n WiFi. A 1400mAH battery promises five hours of 3G browsing and seven hours of 3G talk time, which isn't overly spectacular, but it is extremely thing and light at just 119 x 59.8 x 11.5mm and 130g. It will also ship with Android v2.1 and Flash 10.1 will be supported which enables video accelerated playback.

Question marks? We'd have liked to see more native memory. The 8GB microSD card provided in box is nice, but for now Android Marketplace apps only install on handset memory and that is just 512MB.

Availability? We're back to the good stuff since Google will be pushing it equally over networks with contracts and subsidies and direct with the handset unlocked. In the US sim free will set you back $530 or $180 on a two year T-Mobile contract. In Europe a 450 euro RRP has been set (£402, though the GBP is as yet unknown) and in the UK Vodafone is the first telco to announce it will carry it. No formal release date was placed on the Nexus One, but 'spring' suggests we shouldn't be waiting long.

Link:

Google Nexus One Product Page

Castalan

January 6, 2010, 11:15 pm

Reached straight for my wallet and put down the 500 bucks last night.





Exactly the phone I've been waiting for - wifey can have the iPhone 3GS when it turns up :)

rav

January 6, 2010, 11:29 pm

Looks nice but it's hardly revolutionary. Good to see Android get some publicity though which is probably the main aim.

snoop 7

January 6, 2010, 11:39 pm

I watched a live stream of the press conference and the general feel I got was Google appear not so passionate about the product, they undersold it. It appeared this product is a vehicle to drive something else on.





Right from the outset the press and Google fanboys/gals were excited about what Engadget revealed to the world recently and most of what was revealed was confirmed in this press conference. It&#8217s nothing revolutionary but Google stated in power sense it is equivalent to a laptop around 4 yrs ago in your pocket.





The press conference lacked the presence of a figurehead like Steve Jobs for Apple, it was drab and the lack of passion baffles me as it appears the hardware that the Nexus one represents is not what excites Google but the online store does, the android OS does, the potential to further their core business &#8211 advertising &#8211 does.





Is this technically a Google Phone? If we take the literal sense, no. The Iphone is synonymous with Apple through the unique hardware design and intuitive OS but the Nexus One is HTC therefore a sheep adorned in lambs clothing with a Google logo on its backside! Time and time again I got the impression Google were looking ahead but not promoting the Nexus One, they even stated they are merely merchandising the product and selling the product direct to the market which was enough of a hint to suggest this is no Google Phone. So are they revolutionising the way a product reaches the consumer? The Phone is a mere sweetener?





Iphone Killer? How can it be if Google are merely merchandising the product, how can it be if they were constantly stating the future potential of other phones soon to be released, how can it be if they are likely to cannibalise their own product range with the release of the Motorola Droid with identical features. With so many uncertainties why would anyone in their right mind consider paying sky high prices for the Nexus one? Especially if a Nexus Two, for example, could be released soon! Where is the value for the consumer?





Steve Jobs must be laughing himself silly.

Martin Leventon

January 6, 2010, 11:44 pm

Hopefully it will come out at the very start of spring, as thats when my G1 based contract with T-mobile is up. Would rather just move than have to change to pay as you go while I waited.

lifethroughalens

January 7, 2010, 12:27 am

Just looks like another good HTC handset to me. Certainly nothing to write home about and definitely nothing that Apple will even have to bring up on Monday mornings sales meeting! If I absolutely had to have Android - this would be at the top of my list.





Personally, from a hard ware point of view, I think that this phone should have been WM 6.5 and the HTC HD2 should have been Google's launch baby running Android. Having said that, I love my WM HD2 and am looking forward to getting the W7 upgrade!

sizzler

January 7, 2010, 12:51 am

These weekend gadget phones are fun for a short time but the screen is too small. A 2x paperback or dvd case size capacitive colour ink screens face to face in book format, with qwerty program and all the abilities of a macbook pro, now that is the game changer we'd take everywhere. I don't get why apple and co can't just accept what years of publishing has found. A paperback fits nicely in the pocket, and when opened out has large enough media surface to be absorbing in public.


Make that and they'll be one in every school bag, handbag, coat and jacket pocket in the world.


This is where our silly intellectual property rights gets you. The perfect machine that never gets made. Change the law.

Runadumb

January 7, 2010, 12:53 am

The specs on this are a little low for such a device I feel. No fm radio, tiny built-in storage, no 720p recording and high price. Ive been reading up on this as much as I can the last few hours and im still undecided. A few people ive talked to have ordered one and say its around £450 after all the taxes. Im worried that if I rush out and order one now it will be on sale in the uk for cheaper 2 weeks later.


Im screaming out for a new phone. I love my Touch HD (running HD2 rom) but its just to damn slow and WM is dead in the water. I really want an android phone and the bravo ticks all my boxes but isn't out till april, or so its rumoured.


I think I will have this phone (despite its limitations) very very soon. Oh how I will miss my radio :( Anyone wanna buy it off me in april? :p

rav

January 7, 2010, 1:07 am

@Snoop_7


There'll always be something new coming out. With the spec it's got it's not likely to be outdated for a good while anyway.





And sky high? It's currently about £330 (+duty). Hardly breaking the bank for such a highly specced phone. An equivalent (less powerful) iPhone is way more.





Apple may not be quaking in there boots but that's hardly the point. They can actually both be successful.

snoop 7

January 7, 2010, 1:52 am

@ ravmania





The price of progress is devices become outdated, that is something I accept but what I do not accept is the impression Google gave about future developments to the extent as I stated they undersold the Nexus One, there has to be reason for it being so low key, probably other devices will be rolled out. So I am uncertain how quickly this device will be out dated, quite possibly fairly soon. It will also be in direct competition with Motorola's Droid, another supposed Google Phone! If they wanted the Nexus One to succeed then it would've received full backing without any risk of cannibalisation. A number of journalists pressed them on the point of direct competition to which the guys from Google gave very unsatisfactory replies.





Iphone and Nexus One both successful? Depends what what your measure of success is. The Iphone has nothing to prove, it is a mass market success, whereas the nexus has everything to prove. Nexus One's task made doubly difficult by the way Google are promoting and selling the product, given the specs it deserves to do well but I suspect it will attract a niche following.





Google are merely flirting with the hardware market, they are ultimately safeguarding their core business - advertising. On that point I wonder whether any tailored ads will appear on the device based on the owner's interests, usage patterns, etc. Hmm.

DEB

January 7, 2010, 2:00 am

It was a slightly odd press conference, why was Motorola late or even present? Check out the main presentation http://uk.reuters.com/news/vid... I would expect a lot more polish for such a key speech.


@Runadumb Dell and Acer will be launching Android phones this year so if price pressure is going to appear it will be thanks to these juggernauts. I argue that even at £400 Nexus One represents good value.


After CES I'll decide on my next device a few high profile announcements to come yet.





In the meantime if TR guys bring back a couple of sim free units with them I'll be happy to take one of their hands at full cost.

Runadumb

January 7, 2010, 2:39 am

@Deb to be honest I rate neither Dell or Acer as decent players in the phone market. Granted they are cheap but...meh. Im overthinking my next phone to the point of madness. I nitpick every little thing and its basically consuming me. I need to wise up and just put my money down on one of the great phones out there...then sell it in april ;)

Jay4d0

January 7, 2010, 6:28 am

Motorola was late because he was stuck in traffic and he was there at all because of the google phone store, as it was also announced that google work closely with some manufactures to produce the android phone of which Motorola was one.


This google phone store is currently just selling the N1 but in the future it will sell other flagship android devices including the Motorola Milestone/Droid and likely some of HTCs phones all will be primarily sold unlocked exactly how the N1 is being sold





This was the revolutionary announcement that was made tearing the power from the networks to the manufactures (this has more implications for the US than it does for europe) and has been mostly overshadowed by the N1 in the press.

MarioM

January 7, 2010, 12:04 pm

No thanks Mr Google. I was burned like a chump with the G1 by TMobile in the UK - loads of updates (bugfixes!) which were thankfully OTA, but suddenly it's not good enough for the next version, *and* by the way you can't have voice dialling in the UK. Not cool. I've been back on my old Tytn II for the past six months, and never looked back.

Keithe6e

January 7, 2010, 5:43 pm

@MarioM: No thanks Mr Google. I was burned like a chump with the G1 by TMobile in the UK - loads of updates (bugfixes!) which were thankfully OTA, but suddenly it's not good enough for the next version.





This is one of the things I've mentioned before, love or hate Apple one thing you have to give them credit for is the hardware doesn't become obsolete so quick.





eg. If you had the original Iphone, you can still upgrade to the latest OS. But if you had the original HTC that came out at the same time, HTC don't want to know you.

dan pugh

January 9, 2010, 5:57 pm

the european version has multi-touch... http://erictric.com/technology...

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