So it seems all that remains is for the i's to be dotted and the t's to be crossed, because Google's got a handset comin'...
Pulling something of an Apple MacWorld (which it might as well with that event now floundering), Google has begun issuing US journalists invites asking them to "Please join us for an Android press gathering".
"With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we've seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation," says the invite. "And this is just the beginning of what's possible. Please join us in Mountain View on January 5, for an Android press gathering."
And if any still doubt it could be about the Nexus One, then two more pieces of breaking news today should put that to rest. Firstly, Gizmodo has attained screen grabs of the Nexus One homepage. This details HTC as the maker, gives away handset pricing: $530 (£370) unlocked, $180 (£125) on contract with T-Mobile, that of accessories: a $39.99 docking station and $49.99 car dock, plus the price plan.
Yep, apparently just a single two year $39.99 contract ($79.99 with flat rate texts and web) tariff is available - otherwise you buy the phone unlocked and get whatever plan with whichever provider you want. Whether this has any relevance to the UK/European market is unknown.
Secondly, BGR has uncovered an internal document from T-Mobile discussing the handset with employees.
"Google, with support from T-Mobile, is scheduled to launch a new Android device in early January," it explains. "The Google Android phone will be sold directly by Google via the Web. Support for the device including troubleshooting and exchanges will be managed by Google and HTC. T-Mobile will offer service support including billing, coverage, features, and rate plans. Additional details Streamline content regarding the launch of Google’s Android phone will be coming in early January."
Yep, that's that. We're finally getting a 'Google Phone'. Now let's get something solid on that Chrome OS Google netbook...
Google US Journalist Invite via Engadget
Nexus One Screen Grab Information via Gizmodo
T-Mobile Leak via BGR