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January 6, 2010

Android-powered Nexus One Released

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by Franz Bicar

Another competition for Apple’s iPhone is here. It’s not a secret, in fact, it has been covered in almost every tech blog all over the internet. The Android-powered Nexus One - popularly known as the Google Phone - is finally here, and yes, you can get it directly from Google’s new Web store rather than through a carrier—a twist that some observers see as a paradigm shift in the wireless market, where the balance of power is usually tipped in the carrier’s favor.

The phone is unlocked, without any nagging contracts, but as expected, would cost consumers a little bit more.

The Nexus One was designed by phone maker HTC under Google’s strict supervision. Hardware details revealed by Google shows the Nexus One as a slim and trim phone measuring just around 0.45 inches thick and weighing in at a relatively light 4.6 ounces, and as predicted, it’ll come with a speedy 1GHz “Snapdragon” processor under the hood, a five-megapixel camera with an LED flash, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, a slot for microSD memory expansion, and a standard 3.5mm jack for headsets.

Also on board the Nexus One: the latest version of Android (version 2.1), which adds a series of interface enhancements, more home screens (five), live news and weather widgets, live wallpaper, and even built-in voice recognition for any text field on the phone.

If you want to get the new Nexus One unlocked from Google’s Web Store, then it’s best you prepare $530 for it.

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