Nexus One Superphone Released
“At an event described by members of Google’s public relations team both as ‘seminal’ and ‘anticlimactic,’ Google on Tuesday introduced its Nexus One mobile phone. The debut of a Google-branded phone is anticlimactic because so many details about the device have been made public, a sharp contrast with the fanatical message management exercised by Apple, Google’s strongest competitor in the mobile space. At the same time, the Nexus One affirms that mobile computing is where the tech industry is headed and where Google will focus its competitive energy. The war with Microsoft is going well enough that Google can open a second front. Apple’s reported plan to buy mobile ad firm Quattro Wireless, after Google snapped AdMob away from it, underscores just how important mobile devices, not to mention advertising revenue, have become. The Nexus One runs Android 2.1 — available as open source in the next few days — on a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm. It comes with 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.7-inch AMOLED 480 x 800 touch screen. It’s 11.5 mm thick — or 11.5 mm thin, as Google senior product manager Eric Tseng put it — and weighs 130 grams, about as much as a Swiss army knife. It includes a 5 MP camera with an LED flash, stereo bluetooth support, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and two microphones — one on the bottom and one on the back — for active noise cancellation. ‘The Nexus One belongs in an emerging category of devices which we call ‘super phones,” said Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz. Software represents the other half of the equation and what Google can do with software is magnified by the power of its cloud infrastructure.”
The difference between phones and computers just keeps blurring!