It’s official, the Google Nexus One has landed on Vodafone. Interested customers eager to get their hands on the definitive Google superphone can head over to Vodafone’s UK website where pre-orders are being accepted starting today. The Nexus One will be available for free on a 24-month, minimum £35 ($55 USD) monthly price plan or an 18 month, minimum £40 ($62 USD) plan. Each price plan will include 1GB of cellular data usage and an additional 1Gb of data usage when connected to premium BT Openzone hotspots. Unlike the American version of the handset, Vodafone — not Google — will be providing direct support for the handset. Accordingly, the Nexus One will be also be sold in Vodafone retail stores, on Vodafone’s website, and via telesales starting April 30th. More →
Is it a coincidence Verizon Wireless has consecutively had the last two most-anticipated Android handsets? With the Motorola DROID seemingly feeling like old news (Google even basically castrated it themselves with a promise of an unbranded, Verizon-compatible Nexus One), the HTC Droid Incredible picks up where Motorola left off in almost every area. We’ve got a much thinner and more refined product that features an 8 megapixel camera, tons of memory, and HTC’s Sense UI which takes care of most of Android’s shortcomings. We know that by now you are asking yourself only one question: “Is the HTC Incredible actually incredible?” We would love to answer that for you. More →
Interesting read at Ars Technica for all you folks following the Nexus One display controversy that has been making the rounds recently. This article attempts to explain why the Nexus One with its AMOLED has many users report blurry text rendering on the Nexus One. Hit the jump for the highlights of the article and hit the read link if you are ready for some serious graphics hardware and software processing information. More →
Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer at HTC, is causing quite a stir with a few off-the-cuff comments he made during an interview at CTIA on Wednesday. When talking about the Nexus One, Chou declared the device a success and claimed it will drive new business to HTC, despite the handset’s shaky public reception. For those that have been living in a closet, the Nexus One has had a somewhat rocky beginning with early customers reporting 3G reception issues, lagging sales that obviously placed it behind the DROID in popularity, and most recently, display issues that mar the handsets self-proclaimed status as a super-phone. Chou brushed aside the lagging sales and claimed that “the Nexus One is doing pretty well”, when you consider that Google did not “do [standard] retail or marketing for it”. Chou failed to address any shortcomings of the device, choosing to focus on the innovative design of the Nexus One and the experience HTC gained in developing the Android 2.1 device. Chou brought it all home by declaring , “We can quickly leverage that credit [the Nexus One] to show that we are the top Android brand”. So what do you think, did Peter Chou partake of that fast Vegas lifestyle before taking the stage at CTIA or is he spot on with his assessment of the Nexus One and what it means for HTC? More →
We’ll be brief: we never had any issues with the screens on the first two Nexus One devices we received (T-Mobile). Well, both displays behaved the same way, and any shortcomings weren’t due to a manufacturing or color temperature problem, put it like that. When our AT&T unit showed up, everything was fine. We thought. Though when we started to use the device at night out and about the city, the black levels seemed to be really, really sub-par. It’s like the hue is completely purple/red. We’ve confirmed that this is happening to more than just our device, and we’ve reached out to Google and will update this with their response. Hit the gallery for some more comparison shots!
Note: The photos below were shot with both unit’s brightness levels set to the same positions. The T-Mobile unit is on the left, AT&T on the right.
Yesterday AT&T, today Sprint, tomorrow the world? In a press release this afternoon Sprint announced the pending release of the HTC Nexus One:
Nexus One, the first wireless phone sold through Google’s web store, is planned for Sprint’s 3G Mobile Broadband Network. Sprint will announce pricing and an exact availability date soon.
As with all the carriers, the Nexus One will be sold exclusively through the google.com/phone web store when it becomes available. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear any rumblings on the exact release date. Another Nexus One release coming unannounced and out of left field. Wow. More →
Americans and Canadians rejoice as coming from nowhere, and without announcement, (even though we broke the news on it) is the Google Nexus One with AT&T and Rogers network support. Android fans can point their browser to the now familiar Nexus One URL and score a Nexus One with three 3G/UMTS bands (850/1900/2100 MHz) and four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) on board. No subsidies on this puppy, so you will have to cough up $500 and change to rock the latest Google has to offer. Not a bad way to start improving sales, right? More →
We’re not going to go as far as the Silicone Alley Insider and declare the Nexus One “a flop” but the sub-par sales numbers do tell us something… launching with the 3G bands of the #4 U.S. carrier and selling exclusively through a web portal may not be a wise go-to-market strategy. Mobile research firm Flurry estimates that only 135,000 Nexus Ones have been sold after 74 days on the market. As a comparison, the Motorola DROID sold 1.05 million units and the iPhone sold around 1 million units in the same time period. The DROID had a rumored $100M marketing push, and the iPhone was a full $599 out of pocket at time of launch, which make these Nexy’s sales figures even less impressive. We’re sure the N1′s sales numbers will improve as it launches on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone in the coming months, however… we just thought the insane AdWords push from Google would have yielded better results. More →
DigiTimes has dug up an article featured in the Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News claiming that HTC has starting shipping the Nexus One to Verizon Wireless. The article goes on to say the N1 CDMA-variant will begin being marketed by Big Red this month with a release likely in April. Our take? What we’ve said and heard all along: the Google Nexus One will be sold exclusively through Google’s online phone store, while HTC Sense variants will make their way into carrier’s stores and marketing plans. That means, to be very clear, Google will sell the exact same version (specs and all) of the existing Nexus One with Verizon Wireless CDMA support, in the exact same way they currently sell the T-Mobile GSM variant. If HTC is shipping anything to Verizon, it’s most likely the HTC-branded Incredible (with HTC Sense UI); the Verizon-compatible Nexus One is, in all likelihood, being shipped to Google’s distribution partner Brightpoint. More →
Bad news today for Google and the Nexus One as investment firm Goldman Sachs has slashed its estimate for Nexus One sales by a third. Predicting a bright and rosy future for the Nexus One, Goldman Sachs originally estimated that Google will sell 3.5 million Nexus Ones in FY2010. After a disappointing first month in which Google only sold a rumored 80,000 handsets, Goldman Sachs has lowered its 2010 estimate to a mere one million handsets which will be sold across multiple carriers including T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone. Google’s FY2011 outlook will improve to two million handsets if, according to Goldman Sachs, Google rolls out second generation handset, markets it aggressively, and drops its online-only sales model. That last criteria is condemning and suggests that Google’s online-only model needs to be supplemented, if not supplanted, by brick and mortar retail sales. So peer into those magic eight balls that predict the future and let us know — is Google’s online-only sales model fatally flawed or does it just need some time to mature? More →
We don’t have a whole lot to go on, other than a couple of emails that were bounced around by some curious customers and some rather knowledgeable reps, but it certainly looks to us as if Verizon has begun training — at least some of its employees — on an EV-DO variant of the Google Nexus One. A tentative release date has not yet been communicated trough the chain of command, but apparently this sucker will be sold in Big Red’s retail stores across the country once it’s available. Again, this is about as confirmed (or unconfirmed) as it gets, and we’re merely passing it on to our readers because…well, we love you guys and gals to death. Don’t come kicking in our doors if it doesn’t exactly pan out.
Good news for UK wireless customers as the Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Google Nexus One is slated for an April launch on Vodafone UK. Originally announced back in January, the Nexus One was expected to launch with Vodafone in the Spring of 2010 with Vodafone reportedly hoping to get the handset out the door in March. Inside sources have reportedly told the Daily Telegraph that the March date is most likely off the table and April is a much more realistic time frame for launch. Such a date is not surprising as April is a pivotal month in the Spring season and fits perfectly with Google’s original projection. Let’s hope similar inside sources inside the US will be as loose lipped as their UK counterparts and will soon share the launch date for either the Verizon Wireless or the AT&T Nexus One. You know where to go if you are feeling rather talkative.
[Via Android Community and Engadget] More →
Not a heck of a lot to report on this one, but a picture is worth a thousand words, no? The Mozilla team has posted a couple teasers pictures, on their Facebook page, of the Fennec mobile browser running on the HTC Nexus One and Motorola DROID. No word on a release time line or when a public build of the mobile Mozilla offering will be available to the masses. We’ve got the DROID picture queued up for you after the break.