Two years after announcing Android, Google answers the question “where’s my GPhone?” by launching Nexus One. It’s not the first Google-branded phone manufactured by HTC, but it’s the first Android phone sold by Google.
Google set up an online store for Android phones and Nexus One is the first phone that’s available for sale. Andy Rubin likes to call it a superphone because it’s much more than a regular smartphone. Even if Nexus One is probably the best Android phone on the market, it’s far from being revolutionary.
“Manufactured by HTC, the Nexus One features dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc., a large 3.7″ OLED display for deep contrast and brilliant colors and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset for blazing speeds. Running on Android 2.1, the newest version of Eclair, the software includes innovations like a voice-enabled keyboard so you can speak into any text field, fun Live Wallpapers, a 3D photo gallery for richer media experiences and lots more. Of course, it also comes with a host of popular Google applications, including Gmail, Google Voice and Google Maps Navigation,” mentions Google.
The phone is available for purchase in the United States and can be shipped to the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. You can buy it unlocked for $529 or buy it for $179 with a T-Mobile plan. In the coming months, Google will ship the phone in many other countries and will add support for other carriers, including Verizon and Vodafone.
Why launch a phone and sell it only on Google’s site? To create some excitement and to connect the phone with Google’s brand. Nexus means “bond, link”, so the phone is the link between Google’s users and Google’s mobile services.