Google To Sell Own Smartphone: The Nexus One

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Wow, talk about reviving something from the dead. Years back, when Google was just beginning their quest to dominate the world in every imaginable aspect, rumors were swirling about a "Googlephone" that no one could prove was actually real. Amazingly, it seems that such a device may have actually been talked about back in the day, as some sort of Googlephone actually has shown up this weekend. If you'll remember back, those rumors all but died when the HTC-built G1 came out. People simply assumed that the "Googlephone" was nothing more than another word for an Android-based phone, but instead of having just one, Android would be an OS that could be used on many devices.

Now, multiple outlets are confirming that a real-deal Google Phone is in the works, and at least a prototype version already exists. We're hearing that it may end up being called the Nexus One, though the design doesn't look all that shocking based on images that have surfaced so far. Honestly, it looks like an HTC built device, with a trackball at the bottom, a large touch panel and a few major hard buttons. It's supposedly as slim (or a touch slimmer) than the iPhone 3GS, but based on what we're seeing, it won't revolutionize the phone industry.

Other unconfirmed tidbits include a 5MP camera, flash memory and what will almost definitely be Android as the OS. We still know far too little about this device to make any final judgments on it, but it will certainly be interesting to see if Google produces and markets its own phone. What will something like this mean for the gaggle of Android phones already out (and those on the way out)? Will Google give its own phone something special that third-party Android phones will lack? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: Apple has to be sweating. This is the first real threat to their dominance in the US smartphone market, and if Google can get this out to multiple carriers, the iPhone could seriously lose some of its market share.
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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 14 2009 12:53 PM

I look for the effect it might have on Cell Phone prices overall. Google will have an attractive price on it for sure, just to spur some rapid adaptation when it becomes available. The terms that accompany the phone will be more relaxed as well. They'll want to make a big splash so to speak.

This will reverberate throughout the industry and the party will be over for all of the existing phone makers and their exorbitant prices. The American consumer can only benefit from this in the long run, and anyone who buys into a phone and contract now, without waiting to see what Google will offer are doing themselves a disservice.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Dec 15 2009 10:27 AM

Hmm a smaller Google Android phone, folks are sasying its faster than any other Google phone to date. I like the simplicity of its design and if the on screen keyboards autocomplete correction is good it could be a really good thing.

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