A Look at Google’s New Nexus One Handset

January 5, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Google unveiled the Nexus One on Tuesday at an invitation-only event at its California headquarters, marking the online search giant’s first leap into the smartphone market. The phone already available are sold only through a Web store operated by Google, and cost $180 with a contract with T-Mobile or $530 unlocked (the phone works with “nearly all” GSM SIM cards, according to Google), leaving the phone open to other carriers.  T-Mobile is the initial service provider, but Verizon in the United States and Vodafone in Europe will be coming on board later, and more operators are expected.  The new handset reflects Google’s effort to expand advertising sales on mobile devices, a market that may reach $2 billion to $3 billion in the U.S. by 2013,  according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

The HTC-manufactured device (built to Google’s specs) itself is a global-system device with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 0.45 inches thick, with 480-by-800-pixel glass capacitive AMOLED touch screen, a next-generation 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, weighs 4.6 ounces, has a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, an accelerometer, a compass, and runs the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 2.1, which is also made by Google but runs on other phones as well.  A 3.5-mm headphone jack and stereo Bluetooth support offer music lovers multiple options for listening to tunes.

Among the Nexus One features Google announced was text without typing. A voice-enabled keyboard allows users to send texts, e-mails or Facebook updates by speaking into the phone.  The battery’s official ratings are seven hours 3G talk time, seven hours video, and only five hours of 3G internet use.

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