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Google Officially Intros the Nexus One

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Jan 5, 2010, 1:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 5, 2010, 2:03 PM

Today at a press event in California, Google officially announced the Nexus One Android phone. The Nexus One was designed in partnership with HTC. HTC CEO Peter Chou confirmed that the Nexus One has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with HVGA (480 x 800) resolution and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Nexus One blends both the HTC experience and Google experience. It has a trackball with multi-color notification LED, as well as light and proximity sensors, compass and GPS. Other specs include inline noise cancellation: two mics, front and back, which enables nose suppression. Custom engraving on the lower bezel and measurements of 22.5mm in thickness, with weight coming in at 130g. It also has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The Nexus One runs on Android 2.1. The Nexus One has "living wallpaper," that users can interact with. It's dynamic and moving, and continues to move underneath my personalization. Tap on the water and it ripples. There are five homescreens for personalization on the Nexus One. The Nexus One is also the first to showcase Android's new 3D framework in the Android platform. The app launcher is now 3D and resembles a vertical ribbon or scroll wheel. Other new features include a re-worked image gallery, which now automatically groups photos by date and location, and will sync with Picasa web albums in the background. In Android 2.1, Google has voice-enabled every text field across the entire platform. Google also demonstrated Google Earth for Android. Google indicated that the Nexus One — which it terms a "superphone" — will be the first in a class of similarly-capable devices. The device is available starting today from a Google-hosted web store or from wireless network operators. It will cost $529 unlocked, or $179 from T-Mobile to start. It will be available from Verizon and its partner Vodafone later in 2010.

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Jan 5, 2010, 3:47 PM

Will this work with Sprint??

If you buy it unlocked, can this be used on Sprint network?
I do not think so. CDMA does not work like that. CDMA carriers "load" ESNs and MEIDs and if Sprint does not sell this device then they won't allow it on their network.
No, it will not. It is a GSM phone, and Sprint doesn't run a GSM network. As dshearn pointed out, there will be a CDMA version that can be purchased. It will be designed for Verizon, but i imagine it will work for Sprint as well.

Jan 5, 2010, 5:43 PM

Can I actually play with it anywhere without buying it?

Called my local TMO store, they said they’ll never get a display model and there’s no Google store. 😕
First of all my guess is that the Nexus One is way, way too new for MOST Tmo employees to even know about it (unless they go to Phone Scoop or BGR, of course), the article said Tmo will offer it, so therefore I would think it would be a safe bet that ...

Jan 7, 2010, 12:18 PM

Is the Nexus One the Rumored Passion?

I'm up for renewal with Verizon and am trying to decide on waiting to see what comes out in Q1 or to get the Eris. It appears that the Passion is the CDMA version of the Nexus One? Is this true?

Jan 6, 2010, 4:22 PM


Anyone know of a better keyboard. Phone sounds sweet, but I had an Eris and just could not get used to the keyboard. The moto keyboard is even worse and it looks to be the one on the Nexus One.

Jan 5, 2010, 9:52 PM

Google Phone/ Droid

Why would Google spend all that time making a phone like this, and than launch it on one of the worst network's know too the wireless industry??? AT&T got lucky with the IPHONE and that was a mistake on Apple's part. But come on what the heck. Some one explain!!
I wish I had the real answer but I am guessing that they plan to launch this all over Europe and T-Mobile actually has a network closest to the Europeans'.

I want to know why Sprint is not in the line-up if Verizon is getting the phone.
Tmobile was willing to work with them to make the Google store, ATT wasn't, and a CDMA "unlocked" phone doesn't have as much appeal, so that means Verizon couldn't be first.

I think it makes perfect sense, and I'm glad that people will see it as ...
Here's an explanation: T-Mo supported the 1st 2 Android phones in the U.S. And T-Mo is far from the worst network. If it doesn't work for you, fine. That's why they sell an unlocked phone. You won't get 3G, so I'm sure you will cry about that too....
Tmobile is not the worst network. 7.2mbps on 3G with 21mbps coming by summer. Just because it doesn't work for you in your area doesn't mean it sucks. Every carrier has its problem areas. Tmobile has the best customer service and my Cliq on 3G is ...
RockTripod You made a statment that I'm whining?? I stopped in a Tmobile store today to speak to them about there coverage. One of the sale's rep's told me that depending where you are going to use it, we were instructed to go over the map in detail w...

Jan 5, 2010, 2:38 PM

1.5, 1.6, 2.0 , 2.1

So now there are FOUR builds of Android circulating out there? And the "ultimate Android handset," the Droid, less than 2 months on the market, isn't even supporting the latest frameworks?

Who in their right mind would buy an unlocked handset at full price that belongs to this ecosystem? It'll be pushed aside in a month...
You obviously have no idea what your talking about and have no business here...
The droid can support 2.1. It's been hacked on there quite a bit. Considering that Google is suggesting a Droid to people who want the Nexus on verizon but don't want to wait.. I really can't see Google not pushing through 2.1 to the Droid (conside...
I do have an honest question, so please dont attack. Though not an Android owner I am impressed with its potential, but why would there be so many versions of Android out there? I can understand that as hardware evolves you would need to enhance the O...

Stifle innovation for the sake of consistency?

Release only ONE device every year with such painstaking efforts taken to make it 100% backwards compatible that new technology CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED because it would make older devices s...
Don't you ever notice headlines on Phone Scoop that report carriers updating Android handsets?

Likely sometime in the next 3 months, the Droid will get 2.1
Crunchy Frog

Jan 5, 2010, 9:46 PM

Who has the exclusive?

Can we assume that no major carrier has an exclusive on this new Nexus One since Google can sell it unlocked?

If no exclusive, why not launch the device for all 4 major carriers? I know they all want to test the phone first, however it's ready to go for T-Mobile of all carriers and Verizon very soon,
so what about ATT and Sprint?
because att most likely wouldn't sponsor it because it would tick off mommy apple, and for Verizon, it needs to be CDMA (same with Sprint)

Not to mention Tmobile uses a different 3g band than ATT

Jan 5, 2010, 8:04 PM

I don't get it, have you seen this?

Anyone seen this browser test via Wi-Fi? 😕

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWcRKI9cCPI »

Both Android phones get trumped by the iPhone. 🤣
So the benefit of a Android phone is it can run multiple apps...?
See... I have 3g, I don't need wifi, and they did a speedtest in cali and the droid one that.

and every wifi test I've seen it's been only a second or two difference
Being the geek I am, there are so many different things that could have been done to cause the slowness with the biggest one being the Wifi settings themselves. Since I don't have an iPhone or any of these phones I won't comment, but this could be do...

Jan 6, 2010, 11:23 AM

De-throne Apple?

I think what many of you, and possibly even Google overlook, is that nothing is an iPhone killer. It will take several models and handsets to overthrow Apple. It doesn't matter if the Nexus One is twice as slick as the iPhone, it's simply not Apple, and there are FAR too many people who use Apple and won't ditch the iPhone simply for the name.

The iPhone isn't bad by any means. I would personally take the Eris or Droid over it, but that's because I'ma Linux guy, not a Mac guy. But one thing that everyone who discusses this must understand there is a certain element of owning an iPhone that is beyond the basic cabilities. when I was in Iraq in 2007 my friend bought an iPhone he couldn't even use (Iraq has terrible reception 😁 ) just to ...

Jan 6, 2010, 3:01 AM

I don't think Apple is concerned at all

The way I see it, Apple has amazing software coupled to what seems to be the some of the best hardware out there. Theoretically the Android platform should be just as smooth and fast if it was run on Iphone hardware...right...? Is it just software that makes the difference? I wonder why the Nexus One or Droid doesn't run as smooth and fast as an Iphone while using WiFi? What I would like to see as the 'true test' is the Android OS run on Iphone hardware. In the end though, I think this will just be like it is in the computer world. Apple devotees need to use them because they are the only things that get the job done. Those in the media and music industry use them exclusively because a PC just can't perform. And in the end an Iphone will be...
I agree that Apple should not be concerned. No phone compares with the iphone (as you say) but this is just another option for those unwilling to crossover to AT&T. If the iphone is a Lexus, some of us have to drive Fords and Chevys.
Yeah, Macs are the only things that get the job done. right... That's why my girl's Mac Mini won't output any audio at all, either through internal speakers or external. How does an audio driver disappear off of a computer? I hate Apple fanboys. J...

Jan 5, 2010, 1:46 PM

So do those specs = T-Mobile 3g?

I never did figure out how to tell.
Globhead said:
I never did figure out how to tell.

Yes will be T-Mobile 3g.

Jan 5, 2010, 3:34 PM

You can forget about the iphone on Verizon now.

Apple and ATT will be sucking "hind-tit". Right where they belong.
Pretty sure Verizon would happily drop every high-end device in their lineup for an iPhone judging by how quickly the Droid was forgotten.
VZW is a corporation. They want to make money. If they can sell a ba-gillion Nexus' and a ba-gillion iPhones, they'll do it.

VZW is not a one-horse show like that other gig in town...

Jan 5, 2010, 2:11 PM

OMG. Droid + Pre + Nexus = now what should I choose?

I was already confused when trying to decide between the Droid and Pre after my Verizon contract runs out next month, now I have another possible option if I wait just a while longer.

Decis 😕 ions decisions decisions

Droid will most likely have 2.1 sometime this month, so don't worry about software choices there.. between the two, you'll just have to choose what form factor you want. the Nexus is a sexy looking phone, but I think I would still choose the droid, ...
TrumpetMan said:
I was already confused when trying to decide between the Droid and Pre after my Verizon contract runs out next month, now I have another possible option if I wait just a while longer.

Decis 😕 ions decisions dec

Jan 5, 2010, 5:31 PM

not interested! with that capacitive screen!

tried capacitive screen on acer liquid, capacitive screen really suck!
capacitive works ONLY on finger when resistive works on finger, AND nail, AND stylus! why would you want to limit your option for input?
It's a lot smoother. I also prefer capacitive because I'm always afraid I'll break a resistive screen
I think we may have found RIM someone who might be interested in this product:

http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=MXDIAAAAEBAJ& ... »

It's a patent for a resistive screen laid over-top of a cap...

Jan 5, 2010, 6:11 PM

Looks like HTC is starting to get their act together. . . Nexus One does indeed have a 3.5 jack

I googled it's specs, and the Nexus One does indeed have a real 3.5 headphone jack.

http://www.google.com/phone/static/en_US-nexusone_te ... »

Jan 5, 2010, 3:29 PM

Its a Brick

22 millimeters thick??? the phone weights more than a quarter pound!
Ok, specs were mis-quoted:

http://www.google.com/phone/static/en_US-nexusone_te ... »

The phone is 11.5mm thick, and yes, it is 130g (about 4.5 ounces). However, as a point of comparison, the iPhone 3GS is 12.3mm thick and 135g. So it is ...

Jan 5, 2010, 5:31 PM

The Real Price

I have been with T-Mo for a little over 3 years now and I am still using the DASH I got then. My current plan has 1500 anytime min for $40, unlimited Internet for $20, and 300 texts for $5 a month. In order to get this phone at ANY (more on this in a moment) discount I have to downgrade my plant to 500 min for the same $40 and downgrade to unlimited web and texts for $40...or $15 a month more for 1000 minutes less. On top of that my penalty...err ahh…reward for being a good, paying, 3+ year T-Mobile customer (with 2 lines) is that I actually have to pay $379 for the phone since I already have a voice and data plan on my account. (If I only had a voice plan I would have to $279... still a $100 penalty).

Here's the numbers for you:

Jan 5, 2010, 3:19 PM

BGR: "Any DROID or Eris owners out there just throw their handset through the window in disgust?"

I asked a similar question in the Verizon forum less than a month ago. 🤣 The Engadget review of the Nexus One was kind to the Droid though so maybe there are some things that the Droid does better.
Azeron said:
I asked a similar question in the Verizon forum less than a month ago. 🤣 The Engadget review of the Nexus One was kind to the Droid though so maybe there are some things that the Droid does better.
I knew the Passion/Dragon was coming.. I'll keep my droid.

This thing has a faster processor.. Software wise, I'll have my Droid running 2.1 as soon as Verizon releases it, or I'll just root the phone and install it manually.

Seriously... i...

Jan 5, 2010, 4:13 PM

The verything phone???

Can it wipe my bottom, shave me, serve me coffee while I drive too????? 🤣
No but if you put it in you pocket and set it to vibrate....... 😲
CE Fanatic

Jan 5, 2010, 1:58 PM

Nexus One

Why does it take a software company to produce the a product that has it all? Google's entry into the handset business will change the industry as we know it! Take note carriers and manufacturers!
Actually... just to be fair to the manufacturers and carriers out there, since everyone likes to tout how horrible they all are

Google made the software, not the phone
HTC made the phone
TMobile & Verizon are providing the network
No one company...
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