Google Inc. is going to unveil Nexus One on Tuesday in a bid to control mobile surfers and the market dominated by iPhone. The Nexus One would be released in a press event at its Mountain View, California, headquarters today, January 5.
According to Charles Golvin, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Nexus One phone probably will be sold directly by the company as well as through a wireless carrier.
A reports from Engadget and other tech blogs says that the new operating system is fast with a speedy 1-gigahertz Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon processor; a 4-gigabyte SD flash card to facilitate storage of programs and media files; and a track ball for navigation. The 5-megapixel camera is really pretty good for a cell phone. Unlike the iPhone, it has also has a flash. It has 3.7-inch (9.4- centimeter) screen, about the same size as the iPhone’s, actually appears to have slightly higher resolution. The Nexus One holds at charge for at least 24 hours, and maybe more. Evidently, the Nexus One beats the iPhone.
The Nexus One can store videos and music but it doesn’t have a connection to iTunes and that is likely to make it unappealing to many people who want that convenience. It also doesn’t have access to Apple’s app store.
Customers will be able to buy the phone and then choose between T-Mobile and AT&T:
Google will likely offer the customers two purchase options for its Nexus One – the device will either be available for $180 with a two-year T-Mobile contract; or for $530 without a contract. But analysts expect Google to address the cost difference through advertising on the phone, or by other means. One possibility, Burden said, is that Google will be willing to sell the phones at or below cost as a way of ensuring Android, or some other future product, has a longstanding place in the market.
Google rose $6.77 to $626.75 yesterday in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares more than doubled last year.