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Google to Halt Online Sales of Nexus One ➝

Andy Rubin on the Official Google Blog:

While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.

He goes on to say that their plan is to increase retail availability of the Nexus One. And once they’ve done so, Google will be transitioning their online store into a showcase for a variety of handsets.

This makes sense to me. New Android handsets are released all the time and Google would prefer to sell their flagship handset for 8-12 months before moving onto the next high-end device. But, it doesn’t take long for all those Android manufacturers to release a better handset. Google has chosen their best option and I hope this helps push everyone (Android manufacturers and competitors alike) to innovate.

Nexus One Update Brings Multi-Touch ➝

Last week Google pushed an update to Nexus One owners that enabled multi-touch in the browser, maps, and photo gallery applications.

From Google’s Nexus One weblog:

Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experience

Apple continues to be one of the incredibly few, if not only, handset makers that requires you to update the device manually using your computer. The downside is that you have to connect it to perform the update. But, I still think Apple has chosen the right path. Not only can users update their device immediately following availability, you also get the satisfaction of knowing that your iPhone is always backed up before any and all firmware updates.

Garrett Murray’s Hand-On with the Nexus One ➝

From the video description on Uncrate:

Just when you thought you were all ready to plunk down your holiday gift cards toward a new iPhone, Google comes out of a left field with a scrappy alternative.

This is the best hands-on video I’ve ever seen.

Google Nexus One ➝

Google has officially announced the Nexus One. The device has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a second microphone used for noise cancellation, and a 3.7-inch OLED touchscreen.

The Nexus One is available unlocked for $529 or with a 2-year T-Mobile contract for $179. It will be available for Verizon and Vodafone this Spring.

The handset looks nice. I really like the idea of noise cancellation and 512MB of RAM is certainly nicer than the iPhone 3GS’s 256MB. But, I’m starting to get a little bugged that every 2-3 months there is a new high-end Android device. I can’t imagine developers are too happy about it and I’m sure customers will start to get annoyed that their brand new DROID is starting to look a little old already.

If Google wants Android to succeed they need to spend a little bit more time pushing a device before moving on to the next new handset.

Image credit to Josh Lowensohn.

Google Announces Jan 5 Android Press Event
12/12/09: Google Gives ‘Google Phone’ to Employees

Update 1/6/10: David Pogue regarding the Nexus One’s storage capacity:

The Nexus can accommodate memory cards up to 32 gigabytes (a 4-gigabyte card comes with it) — and yet, inexplicably, the Nexus allots only a tiny 190 megabytes of storage for downloaded apps.

Thomas Ricker, writing for Engadget, has analyzed iFixit’s teardown of the Nexus One. Ricker has found that the Nexus One supports 802.11n and FM transmission in hardware. 802.11n is listed on Google’s technical specifications page but not on HTC’s.

Update 1/15/10: Google has removed 802.11n from their technical specifications. The device does indeed support it in hardware but the software isn’t there yet.

Google Announces Jan 5 Android Press Event ➝

A Gizmodo “tipster” has sent them screenshots of the Nexus One order page that reveals pricing details. The device will cost $179.99 with a 2-year contract or an unlocked version for $529.99.

There have been rumors of a press event on January 5 for the Nexus One. And, it has finally been confirmed by Google.

John Paczkowski reporting for All Things Digital:

Google will host an Android press gathering at its global HQ on Jan. 5. Presumably, the event will have something to do with the company’s Nexus One, an Android phone that Google plans to sell on its own Web site and perhaps through T-Mobile as well.

Google Gives ‘Google Phone’ to Employees

Update 1/4/09: The Boy Genius Report says that one of their sources is telling them that there will be a version of the Nexus One that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network.

Update 1/6/10: Google Nexus One

Google Gives ‘Google Phone’ to Employees

TechCrunch reports that Google has given out unlocked Android 2.1 “Google Phones” to some of its employees.

Several Google employees have confirmed on Twitter that they had received such a device. Google employee Jason Howell had this to say about it:

The new Google Phone runs on HTC hardware. I saw it w/ Android 2.1. Homescreen has new visual enhancements like animated desktop wallpaper.

Google product management VP Mario Queiroz has confirmed that Google has given devices out to their employees in a recent post to Google’s official mobile blog.

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe.

It’s not just Google employees confirming the devices existence. John Gruber of Daring Fireball has found the following user agent string in his web site statistics which he believes to be the Google Phone:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1; en-us; Nexus One Build/ERD56C) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17

The device is said to be released in January of next year and identifies itself as “Nexus One” in its user agent string. The device is unlocked but uses T-Mobile’s 3G band, so those who use it on AT&T will be stuck on EDGE.

In terms of handset features, we know that the device is thinner than the iPhone, uses a Snapdragon chip, has a high resolution OLED display, two microphones (one on the back to reduce background noise), and voice to text for dictation.

Google’s head of Android development, Andy Rubin had previously disputed rumors of Google building Android hardware. Although this is true (since HTC is building the hardware) Michael Arrington was pretty close to the mark when he claimed that Google was building Android hardware back in November.

Update 12/12/09: Jessica E. Vascellaro reporting for the Wall Street Journal:

Google Inc. has designed a cellphone it plans to sell directly to consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter. The phone is called the Nexus One and is being manufactured for Google by HTC Corp., these people said. […]

The Internet giant is taking a new, and potentially risky, approach to selling the device. Rather than selling the phone through a wireless carrier–the way the bulk of phones are sold in the U.S. today–Google plans to sell the Nexus One itself online. Users will have to buy cellular service for the device separately.

Google selling their own branded handset could alienate other handset manufacturers and cell carriers but in the end I think it is worth it. I think having at least one completely Google controlled device on the market is good for Android as a whole.

But, I’m sure Verizon and Motorola are particularly upset — I think the future of both companies relies on Android — this news of a Google branded device is just a slap in the face.

Update 12/17/09: Engadget‘s Joshua Topolsky has written up a great piece regarding what we do and don’t know about the Google Phone. Kit Eaton writing for Fast Company has rundown the hardware specifications.

Update 12/20/09: tnkgrl Mobile managed to get some hands on time with the Nexus One. There’s a lot of new details here but some of the more interesting bits are that it’s faster than the Motorola DROID, has no multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps, and the trackball can be used to focus the camera.

Update 12/26/09: Engadget claims to have the full tech specs on the Nexus One along with information regarding its release. From Chris Ziegler’s article:

Unfortunately, it sounds like you’re going to need to cross your fingers (or pull out that eBay emergency stash) to get one out of the gate, because we’ve got some intel here suggesting that it’ll be available only by “invitation” at first. Our tipster doesn’t have information on how those invites are going to be determined, other than the fact that it’s Google doing the inviting.

Gizmodo‘s Jason Chen managed to get some hands-on time with the Nexus One. Here’s what he had to say about the device’s speed compared to the DROID and the iPhone 3GS:

When comparing the three phones in loading a webpage over Wi-Fi, the Nexus One loaded first, the iPhone 3GS came in a few seconds later, and the Droid came in a little while after that. This was constant throughout many webpage loads, so it’s indicative of something going on inside with the hardware.

I ran all three through a Javascript benchmark engine for some quantifiable numbers, and while the results were similar between the Nexus One and the iPhone 3GS, the Droid still came up at about 60% of the other two. Surprisingly enough, Mobile Safari on the iPhone scored better on the Javscript benches than the Nexus did, even though the Nexus was able to pull down and render actual web pages faster.

Update 1/6/10: Google Nexus One