The past year has seen Google increasingly becoming a rival of Apple. The competition between the two companies have been growing with the intrusion of Google into fields ruled by Apple. It began with Android and expanded through Google Chrome and Chrome OS. This led to the resignation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple’s Board of Directors. Now with the release of the new Google Phone (Nexus One), the two companies have become direct competitors.
It looks like Apple has finally decided to fight back by entering Google’s arena with the acquisition of the mobile ad company Quattro. Google had recently acquired AdMob, a four year old ad network, which had risen to be one of the most important players in the Mobile Ad industry. The deal is under scrutiny by the U.S. regulators. There were rumors that Apple also wanted to buy AdMob, but was out-bidden by Google.
The acquisition also puts Apple in direct competition with other companies like Microsoft and Yahoo.
The waiting has come to an end. The Google Phone a.k.a Nexus one has been finally released. Official webpage of the phone at www.google.com/phone has also gone live.
Technical specifications of the phone can be found here. The device designed by Google and built by HTC is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of ROM & 512MB of RAM. It includes features like GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor, a 5 mega pix camera with LED flash and an additional microphone for noise cancellation. With a weight of 130 gms and a thickness of 11.5mm, Google boasted that the handset is no thicker than a number two pencil, and no heavier than a Swiss Army knife.
Unfortunately, the phone is not available in India. I see the following message when visiting the official webpage
Sorry, the Nexus One phone is not available in your country.
According to the sales page of the phone, Nexus One is currently available only in the U.S. The phone is available for a contract free price of $529 or a subsidized rate of $179 on a two year contract with T-Mobile. The page says that the Google phone will be available in US from Verizon wireless and in Europe from Vodafone in spring 2010.
The phone can be personalized with a two line engraving at the back of the phone.
Ever since some Google employees tweeted about a Google Phone a.k.a NexusOne, the tech world is abuzz with rumors about the phone. Many established news source, possible with inside help, have announced that the new phone is designed by Google and manufactured by HTC. There are several videos of the phone in action on YouTube. GSMArena has posted technical specification of the phone. The phone is said to have 512 MB RAM and a 1GHz processor.
Hopefully, after almost a month of anticipation, the wait is finally getting over. Google has called for an “Android Press Gathering” tomorrow. Everyone believe that the new phone will be announced at the press meet.
Encouraged by Google’s regular practice, I checked the page www.google.com/phone and found that the page is different from the standard Google 404 page. Which suggests that there is something going on there. So keep checking the url as it may be official page of the Google phone, once it is released.
Update: Engadget has posted a review of Nexus One.