Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nexus One: The Google Phone

With Google's Nexus One officially introduced to the world yesterday, a new potent competitor has entered the highly-contested smartphone market. I won't comment much on the phone's features. Nexus One appears to be a solid product based on Google's Android operating system and Google applications not unlike the Droid introduced late last year. However, while the Droid is only available locked in with a particular cell phone service provider, the customer will be free to choose a plan to her/his liking with the Nexus One.

By contrast to their strongest competitor, Apple's iPhone, Android-based smartphones are open to Java programming. This constitutes a great advantage for application developers. However, beware! The libraries are restricted. Conventional Java applications will not run without major tweaking.

The footage below highlights last week's news development on the issue:

Review (01/05/10)

Revelation (01/05/10)

Rumor (12/31/09)

  • Alexei Oreskovic reported in his post entitled "Google's Android takes No 2 spot from iPhone" on Reuters yesterday that according to NPD Group market research Google's Android has become at 28 percent market share the second most prevalent smartphone operating system in the U.S. after Symbian used on Blackberry (36 percent market share) in this year's first quarter, displacing Apple's IPhone using OS X (21 percent market share). The figure comprises all phones running Android. Google's own Nexus One has not had such great success yet (05/11/10).
  • According to Doug Gross' CNN post today entitled "Google quietly kills its once-hyped Nexus One phone", Google Inc. decided to stop selling its own smartphone Nexus One entirely because of sluggish sales. Nexus One uses Google's Android operating system. Other smartphones with the same operating system like HTC's Droid Incredible are selling briskly, and Google will maintain full support for the operating system (07/19/10).