Today's the day! Unveiling on Tuesday during a pre-CES event at Google's headquarters. Lots of questions and interesting speculation...
1. Could it really be an "iPhone killer"? Overused term IMO (wasn't the Palm Pre going to kill the iPhone? :rolleyes:) but if anyone can put a handheld device on the market to compete with the iPhone I'd have to say it's Google.
2. Will the phone be subsidized not by carriers (e.g. T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.) but rather by Google and be sold unlocked? This would be a game changer in the way mobile phones/services are sold. Think no more contracts, take your device to whatever carrier you choose (assuming it's a GSM carrier, CDMA carrier, etc.)
3. How tight will the integration be? The iPhone is the leading device because Apple controls and develops BOTH the hardware AND the software. Unlike Microsoft's Windows Mobile that is ported to all sorts of devices and works better with some than others, etc. Google may be doing the right thing in stealing a page from Apple and realizing that the first iterations of the Google Android operating system caused issues on different devices made by Motorola, etc.
[QUOTE][B][SIZE="5"]Google unveils Nexus One 'superphone'[/SIZE][/B]
By Doug Gross, CNN
- Google unveils Nexus One "superphone"
- Phone will be sold only on Google-run Web site
- Nexus One will cost $180 with phone contract, $530 without
- Phone's features include voice-to-text
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(CNN) -- Calling it their "superphone," Google unveiled the Nexus One on Tuesday, marking the online search giant's first leap into the smartphone market.
The phone, which goes head to head with Apple's darling of the market, the iPhone, is sold only through a Web store operated by Google and, unlike the iPhone and most other current smartphones, is available either with or without mobile service.
"We are very happy to be able to offer a choice," said Mario Queiroz, Google's vice president of product management.
T-Mobile is the initial service provider. Verizon in the United States and Vodafone in Europe will be coming on board later, and more operators are expected.
Already available Tuesday, the phone costs $180 with a contract or $530 unlocked, leaving the phone open to other carriers.
Among the Nexus One features Google announced at an invitation-only event at its California headquarters was text without typing. A voice-enabled keyboard allows users to send texts, e-mails or Facebook updates by speaking into the phone.
It is a global-system device with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, an accelerometer and a compass, according to Google.
Nexus One runs the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 2.1, which is also made by Google but runs on other phones as well.
"It pushes the limits of what's possible of a mobile phone today," said Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, which designed the Nexus One.
Google recently released the phones for use by some of its employees, leading to the inevitable appearance of videos and unofficial reviews online.
The move has prompted online chatter about an "iPhone killer," a phrase bandied about before every major smartphone debut. But reviewers who saw the phone pre-release have more modest expectations.
"I don't think anything is an iPhone killer," said Kevin Burden, a mobile industry analyst with New York-based ABI Research. "Was the iPhone a Blackberry killer? It's never going to be that one device that was promised to us a decade ago."
Google spokesmen on Tuesday repeatedly stressed their phone's openness: allowing multiple service providers and applications from multiple developers, unlike Apple's one-stop shopping approach for the iPhone.
But they downplayed suggestions of becoming an "iPhone killer."
"I think the message isn't to the iPhone specifically," Google Vice President of engineering Andy Rubin said. "I think it's to consumers. I think choice to consumers is an important thing."