Google Officially Unveils Nexus One Android Device

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Google has officially unveiled its poorly-kept secret, the Nexus One, a Google-branded Android smartphone made by HTC. The device is built around a 1GHz Qualcomm "Snapdragon" processor, and Google is offering it through its Web site either unlocked for US$529 or $179 with a T-Mobile contract, as expected.

Google said that packages for Verizon would come in the Spring of 2010, along with an option for a Vodaphone bundle for the European market in the same time frame.

The device features a 800 x 480 pixel AMOLED touchscreen with a 5 megapixel camera, a 2x digital zoom, an LED flash, a built-in AGPS, WiFi, a digital compass, accelerometer, 512MB of Flash memory, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage via interchangeable SD memory card. For wireless connectivity, it features Bluetooth and WiFi.

Google says it offers up to 10 hours of talk time on 2G networks and up to 7 hours on 3G, with up to 290 hours of standby time. It supports UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, and GSM/EDGE, making it compatible with many networks around the planet.

You can get a 3D virtual tour of the device, along with a demonstration of the way the built-in apps work, at Google's Web site.

Nexus One
Google's Nexus One

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Did anyone see pictures of the press conference at Google? I had more people attend class at my elementary school. Besides the tiny venue and tiny audience, the presentation looked as professional as a staff meeting.

Clearly even Google isn’t that impressed with their own phone…

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Guy Kawasaki is damned impressed. Read here.

Some of you Apple newbies might not know who Guy Kawasaki is. He is the original Mac evangelist. Read points #1 and #9 on why Nexus One is better than iPhone. From Guy, these ought to send tremors up and down Infinite Loop. Guy is Mr. Positive. His personal brand is about being a long-time Apple cheerleader. You would think he was channeling Bosco the TMO Troll with some of his criticisms grin.


“... and 4GB of storage via interchangeable SD memory card.”

None of which can be used to store (much less run) apps. All apps must be stored in the minuscule internal memory. That may be a major stumbling block for developers. They can (apparently) choose to put data (music, graphics, etc) on the memory card, but, that would mean that the user would have to have the right card in the slot to use the app.

Several reviewers have made a big deal of “expandable” memory on the Android phones, without recognizing either the above nor that, as it comes, the iPhone has more memory than any Android phone, as it comes. To get the Droid or Nexus One to 16GB will cos $40-90, depending upon the speed of the card you get. (There are not yet any 32GB micro SD cards, but, like the Droid, the Nexus One will be able to use 32GB cards when they are available.)


On the screen it says “Helping Grandpa Get His Tech On”.
I find that to be an insufferably condescending statement.


On the screen it says ?Helping Grandpa Get His Tech On?.
I find that to be an insufferably condescending statement.

I agree. Google should realize that a lot of today’s grandparents are boomers who grew up with Sputnik, the Apple II and early PCs. I have no children (and, thus, no grandchildren), but I’m 62. I bought my Apple //c in early 1985, my first Mac (PowerBook 100) in 1992. Since then, I’ve owned another 9 Macs and bought 3 others for my own parents. My younger sister, who didn’t have her first child until 35 but now has one college graduate and a junior, has had even more. My brother, whose daughter is now in grad school, is a computer consultant. (He had been a minister, but got involved with computers early on—I think that his first was an Osborne! I know that it was “portable”—if you had a forklift!) All three of us are certainly old enough to have been grandparents if we’d followed a more normal “life schedule.” I could easily have a child over 30. (My own grandparents were all between 40 & 47 when I was born.)


That “Helping grandpa get his tech on” was nothing more than a android gadget showing an rss feed from the NY Times.

To address glusher’s comment, the android OS can save and run those apps from the external SD card if the phone is rooted. The Android OS can be rooted in under 5 min with the user having to do nothing more than downloading an app on there phone (outside of the phones store) and running it. To do this i prefer to use opera. And hey while its downloading in my browser I might even switch over to Chessmaster and finish my game ive had running in the background. Rooting an android device carries no penalties.

The Android OS is superior in almost every single aspect.
The IPhone store is by far better at the moment, but no one in the world is better at catering to developers like Google. No one. The SDK for Android is great and easy to pick up. Anyone can make an app. No one is restricted to having to submit it to a “store”. I can create an app stick it on my website and anyone with an android OS regardless of phone or carrier can install it.

One thing im sure someone will bring up is that interoperability between android and exchange server. There is software on the adroid marketplace for 25 bucks that fixes this. If you use google mail and calender android is as seamless as this gets.

mac have to realize that its not a competition of the iPhone vs the nexus one. It’s the iPhone vs the android OS. not to mention the opensource software community which loves it. that can only mean better and better apps being written for it.

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