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Live: Google's Nexus One event

updated 01:15 pm EST, Tue January 5, 2010

Coverage of Google's phone unveiling

Google today is holding an Android-related event at which it's expected to unveil the Nexus One. Electronista is providing updated coverage of the event as it progresses. Event updates follow in reverse chronological order below in Pacific time.

11:42AM: The event is all over.

11:40AM: All phones will be upgraded to the latest versions of Android possible, but hardware may eventually create limits. Verizon Nexus One will be CDMA.

11:30AM: Some later models will be world phones, possibly supporting both GSM and CDMA.

11:20AM: US limitation on multi-touch a "software thing," may be added later on.

11:18AM: Nexus One lacks a keyboard, but one or more future phones (from Google?) may have one.

11:15AM: Device has Wi-Fi, but tethering has not been locked down. A URL for the Nexus One: google.com/phone

11:08AM: Android 2.1 to be publicly available within a couple of days.

11:05AM: Q&A time. Apps installs limited to ROM at present as an anti-piracy measure, but will eventually be allowed on SD cards. App Marketplace advertising will initially be online-only.

10:55AM: On sale today through Google web store. Only carrier option at present is T-Mobile USA, but phones can also be bought unlocked, and Verizon and Vodafone should become options in the spring. T-Mobile price: $180. Unlocked: $530. Phones from Motorola, et al. will reach the store later on, and more countries should eventually be supported. Shipping to test markets in UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

10:45AM: Gallery uses 3D planes for photos, clustering images by time, date and location. Background sync to Picasa Web Albums possible. Search by Voice included by default on the Nexus; allows voice commands, and speech dictation for every text field. Google Earth for Android includes desktop-like Flyaround mode.

10:35AM: Uses Android 2.1, and includes all Droid apps such as Facebook and Google Maps Navigation. Five screens for homescreen panels in order to add more shortcuts and widgets. News and weather widget, live (animated/interactive) wallpapers. App launcher has switched from drag-and-pull to zoom-in icons.



10:30AM: Thinner than a No. 2 pencil (like an iPod nano), but lighter than a Swiss Army Knife. You'll be able to get custom engraving on the back bottom to personalize it. Phone is a marriage of hardware and software.

10:27AM: 480x800 resolution and very fast. 1GHz chip (again, the Snapdragon). Trackball is unique: lights up different colors for different notifications (most HTC phones just light up white).



10:23AM: 7th Android phone from HTC. Strongest yet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen.

10:20AM: Introducing the Nexus One. Considered a "superphone," an "exemplar of what's possible with Android. HTC's Peter Chou takes the stage. [Images via Gizmodo]



10:17AM: Next step in Android's evolution.

10:16AM: Android's advantages: open, friendly to developers, cheaper for phone manufacturers and free.

10:12AM: Talking about the advancement of smartphones and how Android users access the Internet 30X more often than those using conventional phones.



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  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -7

    aha!

    What, it's an HTC phone, not a Google phone? Then who would want it. It was only going to be really great if it had the Google name on it.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000

    +3

    trackball?

    is the screen so bad that it needs a trackball? what's the point?

  1. whab

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    Joined: Oct 2009

    +1

    Nexus One == G3 Touch

    Nothing more than the Android G3 Touch phone: same manufacturer (HTC) and same carrier (T-Mobile) than for the G1 and G2 released 14 and 6 months ago, respectively. Not worth the hype...

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +5

    trackball

    it's apparently touch friendly, but not multitouch

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Joined: Jul 2007

    +5

    Touch friendly?

    Touch-Curious?

  1. bleee

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +3

    So is Nokia going to Sue Google as well?

    ?

  1. chucker

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    Joined: Mar 2007

    +3

    eh?

    Who's Sue Google?

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006

    +3

    No multi-touch

    @cmoney
    Google Nexus One lacks Multi-Touch in all google native apps.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +1

    Translations...

    As much as I like to see competition for the iPhone, I'd like to see something that is unique and original much better. From Electronista's own coverage....

    "US limitation on multi-touch a "software thing,"

    Translation = "Apple owns the patents on multi-touch and will sue our a/s off if we or anyone try and sell things thing with multi-touch. We're going to wait and see how the Nokia lawsuit goes before we try anything that ballsy."


    "480x800 resolution and very fast. 1GHz chip (again, the Snapdragon)."

    Translation = "You thought the iPhone had poor battery life--woohoo, wait 'til you get ahold of this puppy. The screen is AMOLED so it will very brightly, colorfully, and vividly tell you that your battery is about to die. However, it will only do this for so long since current AMOLEDs will degrade before your contract is up."

    "Trackball is unique: lights up different colors for different notifications (most HTC phones just light up white)."

    Translation = "Since we can't do multitouch or invent anything better, we're going to use a technology used in laptops 15 years ago....it's called a trackball, and it's got colors! People like colors....it's got blue, green, yellow, red, and everyones' favorite = white"

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