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The Google Phone aka “Nexus One” Is A Reality!

A long time ago, there was chatter that Google was developing a “Google phone”. Turns out, this rumour was somewhat squashed when Google revealed the Android OS instead. However, things have taken a very interesting turn as of yesterday.

Google officially announced that some employees are starting an “Android dogfood diet for the holidays“:

At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood”). Well this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level.

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.

Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.

Whoa. So Google employees will have the actual Google Phone out in the wild, to test it out over Christmas. Obviously this is quite the ploy by Google as it gets people talking and buzzing about this Google Phone. The details include the following according to TechCrunch:

- The Google Phone is made by HTC (remnants of the HTC Passion) and will launch in January 2010
- It will be sold as an unlocked GSM phone by Google to customers (wow, imagine if we had that in Canada)
- It will be running Android OS 2.1; nickname is Nexus One
- High resolution OLED touchscreen, no keyboard, two mics, thinner than the iPhone, big camera plus inclusion of voice to text feature

All I can is if Google does the right thing and sells the Google Phone directly to customers in the USA and Canada, they will be starting a revolution in mobile sales. No longer will consumers be required to deal with carriers to buy phones–they can go straight to Google. Also, these phones will be unlocked, allowing everyone to use them anywhere in the world. Very, very smart.

That would mean Canadians could buy the Google Phone, and then just pop their respective SIM card from either Rogers, Telus, and Bell and you would be a very happy camper! I really hope Canada doesn’t get the shaft, and have to wait a year for the Google Phone to hit our shores. Either way, you could easily go buy one down in the States and bring it back home!

The Google Phone pictured below:

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Google is getting its time to shine with the Google Phone and Android OS. People are noticing, which is great as consumers get more choice as increased competition will arise.

What do you think of the Google Phone? Would you want one to replace your current Android phone?

[TechCrunch]

Providing the latest news for Canadian Android users and beyond.

  • faraz

    What do you mean by “it can be bought by google customers”?

  • Todd

    I wouldn't call it a reality just yet (although I am hoping). Some have suggested this is a false rumour driven by Apple to derail future Motorola devices.

    http://www.slashgear.com/google-nexus-one-phone

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Google has posted about it on their blog. Google employees have
    tweeter details about it. It's real!

  • Todd

    All that has been stated on their blog is that they are testing new mobile features and capabilities. This could simply mean that they are testing out Android 2.1 on HTC's upcoming Passion phone (which looks pretty nice). As for the tweets, the same point applies. If these are indeed Google employees, they could simply be testing out next-gen OS/hardware. One of the reasons for my skepticism is that why would Google work so closely with hardware manufacturers (e.g. Motorola, HTC) so as to assist in the adoption of Android and then turn around and start competing with them?

  • klaus

    Sorry if I don't get all that excited… Sure I am as keen as the next person to get my hands on the latest Google phone. But we could by unlocked phones in Canada for many years now (e.g. via http://www.puremobile.ca/). Secondly, the comment “… and then just pop their respective SIM card from either Rogers, Telus, and Bell …” seems utterly uninformed. AFAIK neither TELUS nor Bell have SIM cards and thus we are stuck with any of the GSM providers: Rogers or Rogers dressed as Fido. Maybe I am missing something.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Umm, not sure where you've been but Telus and Bell have launched their HSPA+
    GSM network a while back, which indeed includes SIM cards.

  • http://twitter.com/cebwizz cebwizz

    That's right Gary and it is so good. But for the first part of is statement Klaus, is also right, I've been buying my phone ''Unlocked'' for quite a while so I can use any sim (almost) in it. In fact the only phone that I'd bought locked (I've Unlocked it since) is my HTC Dream, and it wasn't really for the phone but for the 6Go at 30$/Month. Now I'm waiting to see what's coming…Motorola, Google anyone with Android 2.x and more power.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yeah, I've heard very good things about the Bell/Telus network. However, it is still very early in the network's history, so it'll be interesting to see how it fares once more people use the network. I'm all for unlocked devices and more innovation and competition. It just makes it great for us the consumer.

  • http://whosthisguy.com Brendan

    If this is indeed true, I will certainly be looking to purchase one. Guaranteed to have speedier updates if they're coming straight from Google and not having to wait for Rogers/HTC to release updates.

  • themenacer

    The only potential issue I see with this is that mobile phones are heavily subsidized by the carrier before the consumer pays for them. Without recouping the costs through network subscribers, Google will have to sell these phones for a hefty price tag. Are consumers ready to bear the full cost of these devices?

  • the responder, yo

    That “heavily subsidized” price just gets rolled into the monthly contract. You have to look at total cost of ownership. If the cost of buying a phone upfront is $200 or $400 more then divide that over the 3 year contract and it's not that much per month, which is where you actually pay for it anyway!

  • the responder, yo

    That “heavily subsidized” price just gets rolled into the monthly contract. You have to look at total cost of ownership. If the cost of buying a phone upfront is $200 or $400 more then divide that over the 3 year contract and it's not that much per month, which is where you actually pay for it anyway!

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