Microsoft: Google's plan to sell both hardware and software difficult to do
Bach comments and at the same time, threatens that Microsoft will be ready to pounce on any business opportunity this provides. "Doing both in the way they are trying to do both is actually very, very difficult," he said yesterday from the CES in Las Vegas. "Google’s announcement sends a signal where they’re going to place their commitment. That will create some opportunities for us and we’ll pursue them." The Nexus One is actually made by Taiwan based HTC but is being sold through Google. And while Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Interpret LLC says, "No one has ever succeeded in selling their own device while trying to license to partners simultaneously.As much as Google can say it’s not a Google phone, the phone says Google on it. They’re going to have to convince their licensees they’re not in competition with them," Google spokeswoman Katie Watson responds by saying, "It’s not our objective to compete with our partners. Our expectation is that the Nexus One will push the entire mobile ecosystem forward, driving greater innovation and consumer choice. We look forward to working with other hardware manufacturers to bring more Google-branded devices to market." There is always a first time for everything and if anyone can break the mold, it is Google. Only time will tell if this succeeds.
HTC Nexus One Specifications