As anticipated, Google yeserday launched its first smart phone, the Nexus One, based on its own Android operating system and hardware from HTC.
"The Nexus One belongs in the emerging class of devices which we call ‘superphones', with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset making it as powerful as your laptop computer of three to four years ago," says Andy Rubin, vice-president: engineering at Google.
Nexus One hardware features include:
* A 3,7-inch AMOLED 480×800 WVGA display;
* Thickness of 11,5mm;
* Weight of 130g;
* A Qualcomm Snapdragon 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz;
* 5 megapixel auto focus camera with flash and geo tagging;
* 512MB Flash onboard memory and 512MB RAM;
* 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB);
* Dynamic noise suppression from Audience;
* 3,5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control;
* Removable 1400 mAh bettery;
* Personalised laser engraving of up to 50 characters on the back of the phone;
* A trackball, with tri-color notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive.
"The Nexus One represents the combination of design and innovation two companies like Google and HTC can have when they collaborate," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
The Nexus One runs on Android 2.1, a version of the platform's Eclair software, which offers advanced applications and features including:
* Google Maps Navigation: offering turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output.
* Email: multiple Gmail accounts; universal inbox and Exchange support.
* Phone book: aggregate contacts from multiple sources, including Facebook.
* Quick Contacts: easily switch between communication and social applications.
* Android Market: access to more than 18 000 applications.
In addition, the Nexus One introduces new functionality and software enhancements, including:
* Enter text without typing.
* Use a voice-enabled keyboard for all text fields: speak a text message, instant message, tweet, Facebook update, or complete an email.
* Tell your phone what you want it to do.
* Search Google, call contacts, or get driving directions by speaking into the phone.