Once again, iFixit have proved they're far braver than we are by taking a screwdriver or two to their brand new Google Nexus One. In the latest of the company's teardowns, the newest entrant to the HTC Android family hardly had the chance to enjoy its freedom before being torn asunder to its constituent boards.
Good news for European would-be Nexus One buyers who aren't keen on importing a handset from the US and who would prefer a subsidized model. Carrier Vodafone has confirmed that it will be offering the Nexus One in the UK "in a few short weeks", with availability in France, Germany and other countries likely to follow after.
Update: Vodafone UK have an FAQ about the Nexus One; nothing particularly striking as yet, but it confirms buyers will have access to plans "similar to those Vodafone offers for its wide range of smartphones".
With the complete Google Nexus One specs and features announced today at the Google press conference, the smartphone or “superphone” will be receiving even more functionality down the road with Flash Player 10.1 (currently in beta).
T-Mobile existing customers attempting to buy a Nexus One today apparently do not qualify for the $180 cellular contract price that was revealed in this morning’s Google press announcement. This is even the case if you are currently out of a contract with T-Mobile and just want to renew your plan.
In an interesting piece of distancing, Verizon Wireless have been in touch to clarify exact details of the upcoming CDMA version of the Google Nexus One, which the search giant confirmed was in the works for a Spring 2010 release. According to Verizon, the Nexus One will not be offered via any Verizon websales, phone sales or stores, instead being solely distributed by Google's own webstore.
It's been an interesting week, despite CES 2010 running in Las Vegas, two of the most talked about stories have been Google's news of the Nexus One with final price and availability and the reports of Apple planning an event to make a major product announcement. I'll save the Apple discussion until at least the invitations go out so instead, I'll keep the focus on the Nexus One. I've had a chance to spend some hands on with the device and it's pretty impressive.
The Google Nexus One has only been official for a few hours - you can find our first impressions and a hands-on video here - but BillShrink have already done their usual calculations to work out how the Android 2.1 "superphone" stacks up against the competition. At $179 subsidized via T-Mobile USA, or $529 SIM-free and unlocked, the Nexus One not only undercuts the iPhone 3GS but the previous Android device of the moment, the Motorola DROID.
After all the leaks, speculation and premature sightings, the Google Nexus One feels pretty familiar by now. Still, going by the amount of interest in the Android 2.1 smartphone there's obviously a fair few people out there who want Google's "official device", freshly announced this morning in Mountain View. Read on for our first impressions with the Nexus One hardware and software.
Google have officially launched the Nexus One, and it's available to order through the search giant's new webstore. As expected, Google have partnered with T-Mobile in the US to offer the HTC-built Nexus One; however, Google also revealed that, as of Spring 2010, the "superphone" will be available through Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone in Europe. Unlocked, the GSM Nexus One is priced at $529 with free two-line engraving on the back, a case, wall-charger and USB cable; subsidized by T-Mobile, it drops to $179. Both options are shipping now, and can be ordered and activated entirely online; Google will also ship the unlocked Nexus One to the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong, with other countries (and localized versions) promised soon.
Video demos after the cut
It's January 5th 2010, and that can only mean one thing - today's the day that Google officially announce their Nexus One Android 2.1 smartphone. We're at Mountain View, California ready and waiting to live-blog the whole launch presentation, which is set to kick off at 10am PST (1pm EST; 6pm GMT), so join us over at http://live.slashgear.com for all the details as they're announced.
Since leaked specifications, FCC testing and hands-on evidence regarding the Google Nexus One seemingly confirmed that the Android 2.1 smartphone would only support 3G/UMTS on T-Mobile USA, those AT&T subscribers eyeing up the handset have been steadying themselves for a diet of EDGE-only data. That diet may not be quite so concrete, however; a last-minute rumor has filtered through to BGR that Google will also be offering a second, unlocked Nexus One which would support AT&T 3G bands.