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Super-Smartphone: Can Google’s Nexus be the One?

Written on January 06, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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In a battle where the best in technology is concerned, Google can not just sit in one corner and watch. So brace yourself with Google's Nexus One.

In the battle for the supremacy in super-smartphone category, is making its way to catapult devices with the help of its Android mobile operating system. The search giant is bringing out a sleek new Android phone named in competition with Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry. But wait – there’s more! also decided to offer the new phone – and its future models – to consumers directly, unlocked, via Web.

The US arm of T-mobile, a long standing partner of Google, is ready to sell service plans and subsidized versions of the hardware. Thought haven’t been announced yet, Verizon in the US and Vodafone in Europe will sell the Nexus One at subsidized prices eventually. The new Google phone, built by HTC of Taiwan, will cost $529 (US) unlocked. All of the purchase will take place directly on a Google-hosted website at google.com/phone – a much easier way to buy a phone and a service. An unsubsidized version of the phone will be available in UK, Hong Kong and Singapore soon.

A Peek Inside Nexus One

Google’s Nexus One is a svelte gray device with a 3.7 inch, high resolution screen; a thin strip of buttons underneath for home, back, menu and search; and a trackball. It has the right combination of hardware and software that can detach more people away from their iconic iPhones and BlackBerrys. It has a larger screen, and is a bit thinner, narrower and lighter compare to Apple’s iPhone which makes it feel good in the hand. And Nexus One boasts a better camera and longer talk time between battery charges.

It supports 18,000 third-party apps for the Android platform, and 190 megabytes out of its total 4.5 gigabytes of memory is allowed for storing apps. However, the memory of Nexus One can be expanded with the help of memory cards. If the BlackBerry has a physical keyboard, Nexus One has a virtual, on screen keyboard. Packed with its own tricks, Google’s new phone is essentially the same improve edition of Adroid in Motorola Droid but has new features including the experimental dictation capability. Just press the microphone icon on your keyboard, talk, and the words will appear. Though working adequately at its best and poorly at its worst, the Nexus One will learn and improve.

The phone also has live wallpaper as a new visual features; and a new zooming effect where you can view icons that aren’t on your main screens. Another thing, you can now view miniatures of your five main screens that can help you navigate to the one you want. It also has all the key software features introduced in Droid, including the free turn-by-turn voice-prompted navigation. The slicker version of operating system and faster chips can make all the latency seen in earlier Android phone go away.

Google is definitely taking Android to the next level!

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