Google Officially Unveils Nexus One Android Device

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