Google Nexus One is coming soon – more details leaked from photos

December 13, 2009, By Thomas Antony

There has long been rumors of an exclusive Google branded smartphone. Google had a hand in the design of the ultra-geeky T-Mobile G1 ( HTC Dream ), the first Android phone. Even though the G1 has been called the Google-phone and Gphone, it was never actually a Google-brand phone and was sold by T-Mobile and later other carriers.

Google Nexus One

Yesterday, Google made a blog post confirming the presence of the new Android device being tested among their employees. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it, in fact, IS the real Google phone and it will be available in early 2010. It will be called, the Nexus One and will be manufactured by HTC. Above you can see a leaked shot of the new device which was earlier leaked out as HTC Passion.

Unlike G1, the Nexus One will be sold directly by Google to consumers, unlocked. It will run on the upcoming Android 2.1 operating system and will also include special software not available to current Android devices. According the WSJ, “Google designed virtually the entire software experience behind the phone, from the applications that run on it to the look and feel of each screen. Google appears to want to throw its brand behind a device more directly, designing a phone without working with the wireless carriers that often dictate what features they allow on their networks.”

Google reported on Saturday through a blogpost that they have handed out test pieces of the devices to employees to test out over the holidays to evaluate all the systems on the phone and report how things work.. But according to the leaked pics, we think it will have a 3.5-inch super hires OLED touchscreen and still turn out to be thinner than an iPhone. It will not have a physical keyboard but will have two mics and will be powered by a SnapDragon processor. The second mic is supposedly to help cut down background noise. It also has a freakishly large camera for a phone.

The head of the Android project at Google has repeatedly denied the existence of such a device in the past and has even said that Google is not interested in making or selling hardware. Now, of course, HTC is the one making the hardware, but the design and specs will be that of Google and not HTC. The phone itself will be sold online by Google unlocked without being restricted to any specific carrier. It is currently not clear whether the device will be based on CDMA or GSM technology even though it is likely to be GSM since it has a much wider user base.

No other details are available at this point about the price point or specs. But knowing Google, it is highly likely that the Nexus One turns out to be a game changer.

Google Nexus is HTC Passion

Source : WSJ via InformationWeek

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