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Nexus One 'Google Phone' Priced & Dated

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Nexus One 'Google Phone' Priced & Dated

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...

Links:

Google US Journalist Invite via Engadget

Nexus One Screen Grab Information via Gizmodo

T-Mobile Leak via BGR

Lord Comben III

December 30, 2009, 3:00 pm

So if this is an HTC phone is it the Bravo that was leaked as one of their 2010 range?

Dean Apiagyei-Williams

December 30, 2009, 3:06 pm

T-Mobile UK better be getting this, seeing as they have yet to announce they will be carrying the iPhone!

Jay4d0

December 30, 2009, 5:31 pm

really hope the price converts like that over here £370 for an unlocked, uncripled device = steal of a price

Hallainzil

December 30, 2009, 6:25 pm

Used one a few days ago - it feels very very snappy, and the camera's much much better than the Hero's.

xbrumster

December 30, 2009, 6:48 pm

it doesnt look appealing to me.. try harder on the design Google.

Mo

December 30, 2009, 7:15 pm

@Jay Oooh...I like that price! Let's just hope we don't get taxed heavily for living across the pond.

Williamn

December 30, 2009, 9:26 pm

£370 is only a steal of a price if the handset is "top of the range".

Xiphias

December 30, 2009, 10:10 pm

@Jay: That'll be the price before VAT so you can add another £65 to that price.

Darfuria

December 30, 2009, 10:29 pm

Ugh, T-mobile are lousy. It better not be exclusive.

xenos

December 30, 2009, 11:25 pm

Lets hope it remains true to the open source OS and is available sim free! Looks like a potentially very nice piece of kit!

Jay4d0

December 31, 2009, 6:45 pm

@ xenos: yes it's going to be sim free / unlocked, I dont know why anyone would buy it on contract it usually works out cheeper to buy the handset then get a sim only tarrif, plus your not tied into a very very long contract, and you can change networks to the best deal - people just don't bother to crunch the numbers.

Chris

December 31, 2009, 9:42 pm

This isn't an HTC branded device so it won't have their Sense UI enhancements, although I imagine the HTC Bravo would. Kudos to Google, but I think I'll wait for the HTC branded version. That is, unless Google still have a few tricks up Android's sleeve that they haven't told us about yet.


Something concerns me though. The invitation was only sent to US journos and the only prices we have are in dollars, which makes me think that maybe this phone won't be sold outside the US for some time.

Gordon394

December 31, 2009, 9:55 pm

@Chris - I'd disagree. The Sense UI needs to be updated each time to be compatible with each new Android update. I think I'd rather have a Google device which will be able to receive new firmware as and when it comes out.

Jay4d0

December 31, 2009, 10:07 pm

agree 100% with Gordon

Chris

January 1, 2010, 12:30 am

Just to clarify, of course we'd all prefer a perfect vanilla Google device that's capable of receiving OTA updates, but I'm assuming that HTC's additions will add value that might make the disadvantages worthwhile. Perhaps not, but I'll wait and see what they come up with for the Bravo and 2.0 Hero update.

rav

January 1, 2010, 8:22 am

@Gordon


It is a slight pain having to wait for a 2.0 update for my Hero but for me I'd rather have Sense. Stock Android is too bare bones. There's so many small enhancements that make all the difference for usability.





Of course the only problem is I am dependent on HTC being bothered to actually do the updates at all. Who knows when they'll stop Supporting Hero updates. Although I suppose there's always XDA after that.

PGrGr

January 1, 2010, 5:24 pm

Would I be correct in thinking that the new version of Android, (ie version 2.0) is better designed, so it might render some of the advantages of HTC's sense interface redundant?

rav

January 1, 2010, 7:10 pm

Haven't tried it yet but from what I've seen only partially. Still doesn't have things like predictive dialing, the way better HTC keyboards, the 7 homescreens + scenes, some nice widgets, better contacts management, all round more polished look.......

Jay4d0

January 3, 2010, 6:49 pm

@ravmania: predictive dialing? I have to say I've never heard of that before surely you just use a contact which you can easily search through?





I hope they fit it with multitouch for the europe market as I know the proplems why they can't are only in the US as demonstrated on the Moto Droid/Milestone





@Xiphias: $530 = £327 so with VAT it should be £384

Chris

January 4, 2010, 2:01 am

@Jay: If you can stand the cheesy American-ness of this video, the first 30 seconds shows predictive dialling in action:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...





This allows any contact in a large address book to be dialled within a few seconds of picking up the phone. It's a small feature, and hardly an HTC innovation, but it's one of many useful things that HTC have added to Android.





As Bluepork points out, many of Sense's additional features are replicated in some fashion by the new features of version 2.0, including social networking integration. That said, I'd wait and see what HTC's integration with those new features will look like.





I think the Nexus is US-centric for now so I'm not expecting multitouch, but maybe they'll surprise us...

Jay4d0

January 6, 2010, 2:10 am

@ Chris: yeah I get what you mean now, although with you can just click search and start typing the name it will show the relevant contacts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... at 3:42), although this isn't as smooth as the HTC solution.

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