The new Cell Phone wars are here. Actually, there are a whole lot of industries that should be very, very worried today. Many business models are about to go up in smoke. That is what Google does.
Thinner than the iPhone and with similar sensors and features, Google introduced its much anticipated Nexus One cellular phone, the latest step in the efforts to put its mark on the burgeoning mobile Internet market.
Will it beat the iPhone? Possibly, but even if it only dents it, it would get a huge market. It has one huge advantage: it is supposed to be open and not proprietary like the iPhone. No more hacking under the table.
People will finally have an option to the very pricy iPhone and its service plans. Apple has fanatic followers but their products have a price (which is not appropriate for the times, see our post on young people in the U.S.). Rimm and Google are two formidable opponents.
The device, produced by Taiwan's HTC Corp., but designed by the company uses the Android operating system and sells under the Google brand. engadget has reviewed the phone.
- 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
- a 3.7-inch
- 480 x 800 display
- 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM
- 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB)
- touch screen
- light sensor
- proximity sensor
Multitouch. Multitouch for those that can use more than one finger at a time on the screen has not been included in this version. However, this is supported in Android 2.0 so it's coming.
GPS: Free GPS app! Too bad Aapl charges for it, and sorry Garmin. Interestingly, GRMN's business model may soon be trashed but the stock was up today.
How to buy one. Initially, the company will sell the Nexus One directly to consumers through its own website. People who buy an unlocked phone will pay $529, but the device will cost $179 to consumers who also buy a service plan from T-Mobile USA, owned by Deutsche Telekom.
Cellular Network and Connectivity
In the future, carriers Verizon Wireless and Vodafone will offer services to consumers in the Nexus One in the U.S. and Europe, respectively. Nexus One puts Google in direct competition with Apple, which sells the popular iPhone in its stores and on its website, and with AT&T, which is Apple's partner.
Nexus One is unlocked, a huge major plus for consumers who will not need to be tried to a specific networr, and may take their phone an easily roam.
The phone also comes with Wi-Fi connection.
Control freak Apple: Watch out!
Nexus has open architecture, an unregulated appplictions store, a removable battery, expandable memory, Digital Life says that the Nexus makes the iPhone's walled garden model increasingly look like the work of control freaks.
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