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The Nexus One: All The Info You Need

Jan 5 2010, 1:24pm CST | by , in News | Mobile Phones

The Nexus One: All The Info You Need
 
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Google's press event is over, the Nexus One is for sale, and all its secrets have been lain bare on this website. In terms of specs, everything was more-or-less what we expected. 3.7" AMOLED touchscreen, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 2x zoom and a camera, AGPS, accelerometer, and 512 MB of RAM. The phone also packs 512 of Flash memory and an additional 4GB of space in an SD card (expandable to 32 GB). The Nexus One packs a snapdragon processor, and Google is billing this device as a "superphone" as a result. This phone will feature moving backgrounds that you can interact with, on-screen displays that change based on the music being played, and the ability to scroll through lists by tilting the phone (thanks, accelerometer!). The Nexus One has a digital compass, which makes a variety of cool directional apps possible too.Currently, the Nexus One is a GSM-only device. This won't last long; a Verizon version is due out by Spring. And that won't be the last Nexus One either. This smartphone is the first in a long series of devices that HTC and Google are collaborating to make. While Google is working closely with the manufacturer, these phones are purely Google branded devices. No "with Google" engravings here. (Incidentally, one neat feature of the Nexus One is the ability, during the order process, to have it engraved with a message of your choice. This option appears to be free, there is no listed cost or warning of an additional charge. Cool!) A big focus of this phone's development was obviously voice control, ESPECIALLY voice controlled navigation. Google spent the most time showing off how Google Earth works on the Nexus One. This video gives you an idea of the simplicity with which Nexus One users will be able to work their nav apps. One or two clicks and a couple of words will have your route mapped out and ready to go. This should make using the Nexus One to navigate in your car safer and easier than any other phone can brag. Oh, and because it's Google, tethering will be supported. It won't be enabled at first, but it will be coming soon. Google views the Nexus One as a work in progress. This is a good thing; Engadget's review makes it clear that the device itself isn't perfect. Google knows this and they recognize the importance of continually supporting old devices, even as they look towards the future of their line. And the future of the Nexus One lies with 4G. Google stated that "eventually" 4G Android phones will be available through their web store. The future of the Nexus One might also involve a physical keyboard; HTC's Peter Chou stated cryptically "We also have keyboard designs as well". Whether or not he was referring specifically to a version of the Nexus One with a sliding keyboard is unclear. But that's in the future. Today is about the Nexus One and, so far, today is pretty damn sweet. PS: Visit this link for a virtual simulation of the Nexus One.


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