January 6, 2010 4 Comments
Unlike other mobile handset vendors, Google offers many other goodies online – search, Google wave, Google Voice, email, and more. So, If their handset is as good as they claim it is, I believe they will significantly shake up the Smartphone business model.
Referring to my previous coverage of the Google’s Nexus One Smartphone, the phone is finally out with their own Android mobile operating system and ready for you to purchase on Google’s website. Ironically, the release is exactly on 25th year anniversary of my arrival to the great city of Washington, DC. Not sure it means anything though maybe they send me a free phone?
Price tag: $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract, or on its own for $529 without signing on for a specific carrier service; the Nexus One will also be available from Verizon Wireless and Vodafone sometime in the spring. Any GSM network SIM card can be inserted into the device. Such flexibility may prove attractive to enterprises with widely dispersed or multinational workers.
The phone is designed in close partnership with manufacturer HTC. It features a 3.7-inch OLED display; a trackball with multi-colored LED that will be used for notifications; a 5-megapixel camera; stereo Bluetooth; and active noise cancellation. It will offer voice activation for all text fields on the phone, including for creating email and Twitter status updates.