December 11, 2009
Google tried its best to merge and mix the mystery and “hype it – to ripe it” business strategy. On December 11, 2009 some Google employees started tweeting about the Android powered Google Phone, that they were provided from Google. Google also confirmed the news, that it is testing a new Android powered device with employees around the world. Google said that, it is doing this for the employees, as a part of Christmas celebrations. But at the same time, it confirmed that it is “dog-fooding” the new device, as a plan to test the device in-house, while it continues to be developed and tested.
At Techie-Buzz, we were the first to disagree. Why cannot we believe that it will start selling the Phone to customers? In fact Google’s decision to release a phone shows its fear that, the Android platform, which it had built and open-sourced by itself, will be commercialized by other hardware vendors like HTC, Samsung etc.
December 12, 2009
Immediately, the first confirmed pics and videos of the Google Phone, named “Nexus One”, surfaced:
Apparently, it was rumored that the device is a much improved version of HTC passion, and is being manufactured by HTC, neither Samsung nor Google. The phone is being built by HTC, but Google took all decisions regarding the design and features. Meanwhile, Gizmodo was lucky enough to be able to get a hands-on with Nexus One. The hands-on once again confirmed that Nexus One would pose a serious challenge to Droid and may even manage to take on the much revered iPhone. Some of the details which were confirmed are:
- Google Android 2.1 OS
- 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 320MB RAM and 512MB ROM
- 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
- Wi-Fi (with router capabilities)
- 3G with HSDPA and EDGE/GPRS
- Bluetooth, USB
- GPS with A-GPS
- 5 Mega-pixel camera
- MicroSD card support
- 3.5mm headphone jack
We had also covered full hardware specs and details about Nexus One, complete with exclusive pics, which you can read here. We have also covered the pricing details, but none of them are confirmed until now.
December 29th-30th 2009
As we were doing the year-end round-up of the Nexus One, Gizmodo came up with some leaked documents, which tells us about the pricing and network carrier details for the device. To the best of our guesses, as everyone is thinking, Google will sell this phone at http://www.google.com/phone . These are the leaked documents [image courtesy: Gizmodo]
These documents confirm two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidized for $530, and that Google will sell it by themselves. Other details about the plans are:
- If you want it subsidized, you’ll have to sign up for a 2 year mandatory contract and pay $180 for the phone.
- There’s only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total.
- If you want the Nexus One unlocked, you have to buy the $530 unlocked version.
- If you cancel your plan before 120 days, you have to pay the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidized price, so $350 in this case, or you can return the phone to Google. You also authorize them to charge this directly to your credit card.
December 31, 2009
The official announcement with all these details has not come yet, but we think it will be very shortly, as the plans were to launch the device in the Holidays season. However, the device is still not in the market, so an early announcement in January 2010 looks quite possible.
T-mobile, the official carrier for Google Phone, has also confirmed it. Our sources have confirmed that, Google will start selling it on January 5th,2010 at 9 AM, by Google itself. There is no news yet as to when T-mobile will start offering it.
Launch date and pricing:
January 5th,2009 9 AM, according to our sources. Unlocked Nexus One will be available for $530 and subsidized one at $180 with a 2 year mandatory contract.