Google plans to rock your World In 2010 – Introducing their first own “Nexus One” Smartphone
January 2, 2010 2 Comments
Referring to my previous coverage, It seems to me the iPhone and all other type of smartphone besides Google’s, might become fossilized by the end of this year or latest by the end of 2011. Unless, they come up with some sort of ass kicking new innovation like the one Apple intends to introduce at the end of this month – their new device that look like a large iPhone and will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a virtual keyboard, and videoconferencing and e-book support.
Google is gearing up to rock your world this coming Tuesday Jan 5th at a private event which is right around the same time as CES festivities kicking off in Las Vegas. They will be launching their first ever owned smartphone called Nexus One. It is designed to run Google’s Android mobile operating system which was released over a year and half ago.
One of the most interesting feature of the phone or better say service is you can select the network service providers before making the call. I read this from somewhere, but not much information supporting it. Will keep you all posted. Here is a pretty nice coverage of the phone:
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Here’s the breakdown of Nexus One:
. Runs Android 2.1
. 1GHz Snapdragon CPU,
. 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display,
. 512MB of RAM,
. 4GB microSD card – expandable to 32GB.
. Includes the standard modern additions of a light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.
. 5 megapixel camera with LED flash,
. Camera software is much faster than the same component on the Droid
. Incredibly thin and sleek — a little thinner than the iPhone
. Pretty familiar HTC-style industrial design.
. Very handsome, but not blow-you-away good looking.
. Very slim, very pocketable phone, and feels pretty good in your hand
. Lots of cool UI things, animated background, and not animation, but widget backgrounds. For example, you can have a grass background and it changes with the seasons. Cool. The list of apps has this star wars parallax fade, (nod to Xerox Parc), and voice entry for all text fields.
. Price tag, said to be $530 unlocked and $180 subsidized by T-Mobile.
All the information I just covered here are from various sources I have been reading here and there. So, not quite sure about the Nexus One performance or pricing yet. Based on what I have experienced so far using iPhone, Android, and other smartphone in the market, one way for them to compete with iPhone is to design a phone comparable to the iPhone, but cheaper or with a revolutionary new design – especially a design that directly uses the Internet for transmission instead of traditional cellular carriers. It sounds like Nexus has done that.
It remains to be seen whether the Nexus One has enough mojo to upstage the barrage of devices coming down the pike this week. Let’s talk next week upon their lunch this week.