Google officially launches Nexus One

5 Jan

The worst kept secret in tech space today got a stamp of ‘officialness’ when Google announced the Nexus One, the latest Android phone. This is the first Android phone that Google will retail on its own via its web store. The device, mnufactured by HTC, is currently available in the US, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore unlocked at $530. In the US, the Nexus One is also available with T-Mobile for $180 with a two-year contract. Google will bring more phones to other carriers with Vodafone and Verizon Wireless lined up for spring this year.

The Nexus One runs on a new version of Android OS called version 2.1 that supports 3D interfaces and comes with a revamped user interface. But there are lot more cooler features on the Nexus One apart from cosmetic changes.

The most crucial addition, we think, is that of universal voice command support across all applications. Basically, where ever there is an option to type text, you can now speak. Like Google Voice Search, all the processing takes place on the server side, which means you will have to be connected to the network at all time.

Google has also partnered with the folks at Cool Iris for the new image gallery application. If you have used Cool Iris on the iPhone, you’d know what to expect – basically cool rendering of your images in a 3-D wall. Other tweaks include five homescreens instead of the default three.

On the hardware front, the Nexus One rocks a 3.7 inch 480×800 pixel touchscreen display, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5.0 MP camera with led flash, 512 MB RAM/ROM and a 1400 mAh battery. It supports quad-band EDGE and 900/1700/2100 MHz HSDPA.

The Nexus One is just the first of many phones that Google will retail on its own. Motorola might be next with a ‘world phone’, which we would like to assume, it would launch with Verizon Wireless.

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