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Google officially announces its Nexus One smartphone


Snapshot by Todd Haselton on Tuesday January 05, 2010.

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At a press conference held in Mountain View, California, Google today officially announced its HTC designed Nexus One "superphone."

The 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm and 130g (4.6in x 2.3in x .4in and 4.5 ounces) Nexus One has a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash. But more importantly, it's the first device to run the Android version 2.1 operating system.

Android 2.1 builds on version 2.0, which is featured on Verizon Wireless' Motorola Droid. Among a few menu user interface enhancements, Android 2.1 also allows you to customize five home screens with widgets instead of just three. The Nexus One also has "Live" animated wallpapers that you can interact with. The photo gallery has been revamped: You can sync it with your Picasa gallery over-the-air and photos are now sorted by date, location, and time.

Google also built on its voice-search functionality. Instead of just using your voice to search the Web or voice dial, you can now speak into the Nexus One wherever there is an empty text field. That means you can compose an e-mail or SMS message using voice-to-text.

Other hardware features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11b/g WiFi, 512MB of flash memory, 512MB RAM, a 4GB microSD card expandable to 32GB, accelerometer, active noise compression using two microphones (one on the back and one on the bottom), compass support, GPS chip, stereo bluetooth, as well as light and proximity sensors. The device's 1400mAH battery is good for 7 hours of talk time over 3G and up to 10.4 days of standby.

The Nexus One is the first phone that will be sold through Google's online market. You can purchase it by navigating to google.com/phone. The phone is currently available unlocked for $529, or for $179.99 with a 2-year contract from T-Mobile. The device runs on the UMTS 2100/AWS/900 bands and on GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 bands, which means AT&T users can use voice and EDGE data but won't have 3G connectivity. The store says that Verizon Wireless and Vodafone versions of the Nexus One will be available in the spring of this year.

Google also said today that the Open Handset Alliance is now home to 20 devices and 59 carriers across 48 countries and 19 languages.


Specifications for the Nexus One
Operating System Android 2.1
Band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS 2100, AWS 900
Data GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/WiFi
Size 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mmm (4.6in x 2.3in x 0.4in)
Weight 130g (4.5oz)
Battery 1400mAh
Battery Life 3G talk time: up to 7 hours, 3G standby: up to 10.4 days
Main Display 3.7-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) touchscreen
Camera 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash
Video Record/Playback
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM
Email Gmail/IMAP4/POP3/SMTP/Exchange
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP stereo
Memory 512MB flash, 412MB RAM, 4GB microSD card
Availability January 2010
Other GPS, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, 3.5mm audio jack

 

g miles @ 11:33:06AM EST on Wednesday January 6, 2010

Once you purchase the phone outright, does your provider use a credit check to activate a phone? My credit doesn't look so good right now and am wondering how that works or can a person purchase minutes via a card as some of the cheaper cell phone provide?

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Todd Haselton
Todd is a senior editor at MobileBurn and works out of his home in New York City. He covers news for us and also writes reviews. You can follow him on Twitter at @RoboTodd

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