Google Phone announced, meet the Nexus One

Google Phone announced, meet the Nexus One
As you know, today is a very special day for all Android and smartphone lovers. Thanks to the numerous leaks on the matter, it was well-known that Google is to hold an event today. It was also believed that the company, which brought you Android is about to introduce the so-called Google Phone, or the HTC Nexus One – a high-end Android-powered smartphone. However, we’ll jump right to the point, as we’re sure you are already acquainted with what the Nexus One is all about (unofficially, of course).

All the hype about the Nexus One has reached its climax today on the event, as after a short retrospection, the handset is now official. Alright then - Hello, Nexus One, we’ve been expecting you…

The Nexus One is introduced by Google as the next step in Android evolution and the hardware found on it is really impressive to say the least. As it was rumored, it packs a giant 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. The handset is also featuring the snappy Snapdragon chipset with a processor, clocked at 1GHz. That is truly the most powerful Android handset to date. In addition to the screen, the front also has a multicolor trackball for navigation, which will obviously shine in different colors, depending on the event. The back of the Nexus One houses the 5MP camera with LED flash – nothing spectacular really. One nice option is that you can have the lower bezel on the back custom-engraved.

So what about the software? Do not expect any game-changing stuff from Nexus One’s Android 2.1 OS. You do get 5 homescreens and all specific features the DROID has like Google Maps Navigation, Facebook integration and so on. Google Earth for Android was also demoed on the event, but will be available later.

Of course, there are some graphical tweaks in the interface, including animated wallpapers and an enhanced gallery that can now automatically form your albums by date, time and location. It will also be able to sync your photos with Picasa. There seem to be some under the hood software changes too, as Android is said to have gotten a new 3D framework. Time will tell if that will allow for some more complex apps.

Another novelty in Android 2.1 is that every text field is voice-enabled, meaning you can just speak and that SMS will appear on-screen. The feature seemed to work just fine when demoed on the event.

So, how will the “Google Phone”, HTC Nexus One be distributed – through Google’s web store. Fortunately, you can order it with, or without contract on T-Mobile USA starting… today! Unlocked price is $529, which will allow you to use it with AT&T as well, but without 3G. Sticking with the locked version for T-Mobile will cost you $179 for the Nexus One and a two-year contract. Keep in mind that Verizon will be getting the Nexus One, starting this Spring, and so will Vodafone.

You can purchase the HTC Nexus One here.

HTC Nexus One Specifications

source: Google, Gizmodo

*Update: Here are some other variants when buying the HTC Nexus One with a T-Mobile service:

  • Nexus One with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existing T-Mobile customers who are adding data plans: $279
  • NexusOne with new, 2-year T-Mobile US service plan for qualifying existingT-Mobile customers who are upgrading their data plans: $379



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

looks sleek. but only a led flash? that's not bright enough.

21. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Do you hear that? its all the apple and ATT fanboys crying themselves to sleep. While verizon is enjoying the droid, nexus 1, and palm pre- ATT is still stuck in the past with their outdated iphone. Unless they want to get the nexus 1 and enjoy the sloth-like speeds of the EDGE network

22. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This is all too hilarious. Any time a new phone comes out that has a touchscreen everyeone thinks it's an iPhone killer. I remember all the way back to when the Voyager came out, all the VZW butt-lovers were all over it saying it was an iPhone killer. Phones keep coming out, and the iPhone keeps staying on top. Same basic UI, same basic phone, yet it CONTINUES to stay on top. I'll give the Nexus one some descent credit but it's not an iPhone killer. You fanboys are comedic.

23. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

No kidding. At one time I was jealous of AT&T customers with 2+ years of iphone exclusivity. Now I just feel bad for them as it has turned into a serious crutch. The rest of the mobile phone world is now passing them by. So glad Verizon said pass on the Cupertino control freaks.

24. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Dude, the iphone is dead. There's nothing to kill. It has become stale and is in desparate need of refresh. There's no longer a differentiating point for the iphone and the hardware specs are mostly outdated on the 6 month old 3GS. Apple can no longer afford these minor incremental upgrades going into June 2010.

25. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You're fanboy bias tells you it's dead, but the numbers it shows over and over do not. Wake up.

26. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

And I agree it needs a refresh, and I'm sure we'll see that, but the point is, as "old and stale" as the phone is, it keeps putting up amazing numbers.

28. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

just because it puts up great numbers doesn't make it a great phone. Let's take transformers 2 for example. It made a billion dollars but was an awful movie. The masses will continue to follow each other when it comes to things that are simple and flashy. The iphone cashed in on the "app" phenomenon. Now android has brought along smart phones that are actually smart AND can provide with a variety of apps

31. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

People are still buying the 3G for goodness sakes. I'm sorry but the iPhone is far from dead. The iPhone cashed in on the "app" phenomenon like you said and Android basically recreated their own store. I really don't think Android is as great as you guys make it seem. It basically just follows Apple. I haven't really seen one thing great that Android has done that wows me. I mean, even their commericials are a rip from Apple's. And I don't think transformers 2 is a really good example. Unlike transformers 2, the iphone has been out for two years and I think many people know enough about it to decide if its the phone for them or not. Most people have at least used the iphone once so I think they'd be able to know whether it was as bad as transformers 2. Obviously people like you are mad that people like what they like. If you like Android, then good for you. But why can't someone else not like Android. It's really a boring operating me anyways. I really don't think Apple will make any seriously big changes to their phones. Why? Because a ton of people (all over the world) are buying their handset like crazy. Its a great device. Why make any drastic changes like adding an 8 megapixel camera. All I want added to the phone is multitasking and flash. When I get those two things, then no complaints from my side. And why is this phone called the Google phone? I'm thinking that its just for publicity. the Google phone vs. the Apple iPhone.

34. nexsprint

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Wait, coming from an iphone user you are saying the android OS is boring? Really, that doesn't even make sense. I'm not some fanboy that religiously follows either and i'm not ignorant enough to say the iphone is dead; but to say the android OS is boring is extremely ignorant espeically when compared to the "OS" of the iphone

37. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

IMO Android is a knockoff of Apple OS. Yes it's open source bla bla bla, but it's all a rip of what Apple originally introduced, the app store, the widgets, iTunes, and the new music player I've seen news on. It's all a knockoff/rip of what iPhone originally came out with 2.5 YEARS ago.

38. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Again you're argument for the iphone is that people are still buying it en masse. That is called a FAD. The iphone cannot multitask, does not have replacapble memory, has no options for customization, does not have a physical keyboard (in fact does not have ANY other form factors to choose from) and oh yeah, it sucks at making calls. I don't think apple faithful really understand the meaning of open sourced either. It is in the early stages now, but you will know what it means in a year or two when the android app store has more innovative and more importantly more free apps than apple. Android already provides google nav right ou of the box. The iphone was great 2 years ago. But if apple becomes complacent, which they have, you are gonna see a big drop in all those numbers you allude to. If steve jobs thinks he cannot release a "new" iphone this summer that has nothing more than extra memory and a new color on the back, then he's in for a big surprise because the fad is coming to an end and no one is going to take the bait.

42. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The thing that's really sad is that people have been saying that for te last two years. Everyone is now saying the phone was great when it came out two years ago but the truth is that people were basically saying the exact same thing two years ago that they are saying now. There were probably iPhone haters since day one. And I think Steve Jobs knows a little bit more about the phone market than you do. And again you're assuming that simply because it has high sales it is a fad. And like I've said a million times before, the only thing I want on my phone is multitasking. No physical keyboard? That's a Droid feature (that pretty much sucks by the way) and not Android. Replaceable memory? I don't see why I would need to have that. (And thank iPhone for your free 16gig memory card because they never use to give me squat with my new Verizon phones.) Connecting my phone to the computer with a USB has worked pretty great. Customization? I guess it would be nice to customize a little but is that really a dealbreaker? These are all stupid stuff. If I had the Droid, the number one thing I would "customize" is the actual hardware because I think it so ugly. The Nexus One is pretty good looking though. I have to admit that. And about the making calls thing, many Verizon users have to use my phone because they don't have signal. If I couldn't make calls, I wouldn't have this phone. And I think that has more to do with the carrier than the phone itself anyways. I though we were comparing Android and Apple OS. But I agree, Apple is becoming complacent. I blame that though on all the other handsets. There's nothing new that's making people go insane. I actually give the projector phone props for actually doing something new and different (even though I will never buy it). Android and Palm are trying to be another iPhone. Android with their app store, Palm with trying to use iTunes sync, etc.

2. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

What in the blue blazes is the big deal about this damn phone. Isn't it just an Android device? I am absolutely confused about all the hype.

8. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

it's not really the hardware, in this case, the device's oh-em-gee' factor is in the software w/ Android 2.1 and it's 3D UI; combined w/ a really snappy 1GHz processor, this phone is a beast. Oh, and it's the first real monster phone that isn't exclusive to a particular carrier. Though it's only Tmo 3G enabled, I wouldn't mind using this w/ at&t. I'm always near a Barnes & Noble, so I could just chill on wifi...

9. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

My guess is that it's because it's coming from Google and it's an iPhone competitor. Maybe it's the eye candy that is the software, but who really cares about that? Otherwise, there is nothing special about this. I kinda feel bad for HTC, because hardly anybody is paying attention to the fact that they're making the thing.

10. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'd have to disagree. I think they are getting a ton of attention and buzz with this phone which is why I think everyone is making it such a big deal. I do, however, agree that it's not all that great. It's got a rockin processor and Android 2.1, but there's not even that great of a difference in the 2 OS's. *yawn*

14. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

HOVA you've always bin a hater! I bet you were bullied alot in school as a kid. I've said it before and I'll say it again, DROID DOES your mommy!

17. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I give credit where credit is due. Like I said, sweet processor, but otherwise nothin. You jump to comment on my post, what about the other 2 on this very page that say the same thing idiot.

27. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

HOVA if I knew you inperson I'll beat your a**

32. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Lol I bet you guys live together and make sweet sweet love every night

3. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

So i guess sprint wont be get Nexus One ? just like the diamond 2 , whitestone, imagio, and maybe eveen the hd 2 this is going to be a great year for us sprint subscribers. Verizon high prices are not sounding as bad as they use to thank you sprint for making things so clear

5. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

its the 5th of January............. Not the end of the world.

4. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Its another want to be iphone. Too bad the the android market is no match for the app store. Thats the real key to Apple's iphone popularity I bet it is going to kill the moto droid.

6. dcmadcat

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2010

The Android market had less than 400 apps in March '09 and now it has well over 10000 after the release of the Hero, myTouch, and Droid. Yes, its less than the iPhone app store but it proves growth for the Android OS. Apps are not going to be an issue.

7. aeiouphone

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If you want to count all the stupid novelty apps, then sure. Just about every app that's available for the iphone, there's an android equivalent. Also, the developers chose apple due to sheer volume of subscribers and potential customers. Read the article about android handset subscriber base catching up to iphone users. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is a great phone. The droid beats it though, on paper and with the network behind it, as a regular phone.

11. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Where's the multitouch capability? And honestly, who cares about eye candy for software. It's all about functionality. Do colored lines moving across the homescreen give me the custom audio equalizer or custom ringer profiles I'm looking for?? No. I do however like the whole demo thing that Samsung started with the Omnia II. I wish more manufacturers would do that, but show you a true 1:1 scale of the phone.

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

From what I've read they're afraid to enable multitouch here in the states. Really not sure why, but they seem to be skating the subject. Editors at Engadget asked Andy Rubin and he said "we'll consider it."

13. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

That makes absolutely no sense haha. They can see how much it's loved on the iPhone. Consumers would love it. There must be other forces at play here. Patents maybe?

15. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Verizon is getting the N1 early spring of this year. tell'em vzwmandroid sent ya!

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