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New Nexus One leak shows UI with 3D, home grid

updated 09:05 am EST, Mon December 14, 2009

Google's flagship has major interface changes

A new hands-on with Google's Nexus One early today has confirmed several details of the phone, particularly its interface. The Android 2.1 platform has both the seen animated backgrounds but, according to Engadget, "3D elements" in the pull-out app tray. It also now has not only more home screens but a grid view of the pages that mimics the webOS card view seen in the Palm Pre and Pixi.

As a Google phone, the HTC-made hardware unsurprisingly comes preloaded with beta Google features like Maps Navigation and Goggles.

Little is mentioned regarding the phone itself beyond what's already known about its features, but a series of FCC filings (one, two, three) have confirmed that it should at least support T-Mobile and many European carriers for 3G. It will still support at least GSM and EDGE for AT&T and will have Wi-Fi for other networks.

Tellingly, the phone doesn't have the HTC logo from previous photos and has a guide that points to (currently inactive), suggesting that Google will ultimately claim the device as its own rather than give added credit to HTC. It's already believed that Google directly designed the phone and, if true, is willing to risk challenging its partners to promote Android.

The Nexus One may primarily avoid challenging LG, Samsung and other non-HTC partners by selling only as an unlocked phone with a full price.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Google to surely dump its partners

    and keep all the glory and best OS development for itself. Android will easily dominate the smartphone sector in market share within a few years. It appears they'll succeed where Windows Mobile couldn't.

  1. ibugv4

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2003



    Google, like Apple, is good at software and not hardware. This phone has no flash for the camera, that's a requirement for me. It's what pushed me to Droid/Verizon from anything T-Mobile had to offer. I'd take a Moto over an HTC anyday.

  1. Darth_Pixel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2008


    I'll wait...

    for the Nexus 6 model. "I want more life, ____er."

  1. macnixer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2006


    doesn't cut much for me

    Frankly what does this phone have that the iPhone does not have? Maps - there are tons of them out there for the iPhone from third-party developers and the are good. Then again the iPhone uses a great interface that plugs in to so many external devices like - music systems, fm broadcasters which are made for the iPod. Till all the manufacturers do not agree to go with miniUSB in all phone, the iPhone 30 pin connector will dominate the market.

    I am yet not convinced that "3D" renderings of some icons make the interface "3D". You have to have real 3D experience to write home about it.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Google to surely dump...

    and keep all the glory and best OS development for itself. Android will easily dominate the smartphone sector in market share within a few years. It appears they'll succeed where Windows Mobile couldn't.

    So you're saying that Android will dominate the market, but then you also say Google will keep it all to themselves. So are you saying that Google will magically take over the SmartPhone market from all other players (sans Apple, of course), even though they have no prior business model for hardware? Or that the large group of other phone makers are, what, just going to keep using crippled versions of Android?

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