Google launches Nexus One mobile handset
06 January 2010
Google today launched its first mobile phone called the Nexus One.
The device combines the latest in hardware from HTC Corporation with the newest Android software.
"The Nexus One belongs in the emerging class of devices which we call 'superphones,' with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset making it as powerful as your laptop computer of three to four years ago," said Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google.
"It's our way to raise the bar on what's possible when it comes to creating the best mobile experience for consumers."
Google's Nexus One is only 11.5mm thick and weighs just 130g.
Onboard memory consists of 512MB Flash memory and 512MB RAM.
Expandable memory consists of a 4GB removable SD Card, expandable to 32GB.
The Nexus One runs on Android 2.1, a version of the platform's Eclair software, which offers advanced applications and features including Google Maps Navigation, including offering turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output; email; and Android Market to access over 18,000 applications.
Consumers can buy the Nexus One through Google's Web store at www.google.com/phone without service (so that any GSM network SIM card can be inserted into the device) for US$529, or with service from one of Google's operator partners.
Google has announced that it will initially take orders from consumers in the US, UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
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