Google has taken the wraps off its first own-brand smartphone called the Nexus One, and which will be available in the UK on Vodafone.
Pricing is to be confirmed, but it will sell for $529 (around £330) in the US, and for $179 (around £110) on contract in the US with T-Mobile.
The Google handset was created in partnership with smartphone-maker HTC, and runs a new version of Google’s mobile operating system, called Android. Version 2.1 of Android has more customisation features than previous versions, according to Google.
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Google Nexus One Android 2.1
Google Android on Nexus One features live wallpaper, allowing for animated background images on the screen. It supports widgets placed across five home screens instead of three. Google Android 2.1 also voice enables every text field on the Nexus One, with the phone able to convert spoken words into text – such as speaking and then sending an SMS text message without needing to type.
Yet it’s the Nexus One handset hardware that took centre stage.
The Nexus One features a 3.7-inch display, backed with a 5-megapixel digital camera. The camera includes an LED flash and 2x zoom, and can record video in MPEG 4 format. The Nexus One is just under 12mm thick, and weighs 130g.
Google phone vs Apple iPhone
In an echo of its rival – Apple’s iPhone – it includes both an accelerometer and digital compass. Like the iPhone, the screen dims when placed next to the ear, and automatically adjusts the screen
brightness. It also features assisted GPS for location-based services.
Memory is a basic 512MB out of the box, but can be expanded with an SD memory card up to 32GB. Google is promising talk time of up to 10 hours on 2G, and seven hours on 3G. Standby time is between 250-290 hours depending on if it is using the 3G or 2G network. Audio playback is claimed at 20 hours, according to Google.
Google is touting the innovation in hardware for its Nexus One launch.The Nexus One handset features two microphones – one front and back – to cancel out background noise, allowing for clearly calls made in noisy environments, according to Google.
UK Google Nexus One launch
The Google handset runs on a Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz, and can be purchased today by US residents through Google’s website at www.google.com/phone. UK shoppers will have to wait until its launch in the UK sometime in the next three months before getting their hands on the Google Nexus One.