India To Get A Stripped Down Version Of Nexus One
By on March 5th, 2010

Google executives in India are planning to launch the Nexus One in India. However, in their words it will not be in its US avatar. This was stated by Shailesh Rao who heads Google India at an Editorial Meet. CNBC TV 18 representative at the meet tweeted the following:

Nexus One will not come to India in its US avatar, the India specific Google Phone may be a stripped down version and priced lower!

Nothing more than these supposed plans is known as of yet. While it is rather surprising that Google would plan to axe features to reduce cost since Apple did not tinker with their iPhone when it launched in India and their decision to give a unified and better experience to anyone who’s willing to pay has been a mantra for their success. There are several cheaper’ Android alternatives with lesser features available in India from HTC and as such Google might be able capitalize on their brand name but there is no sophisticated way to put this – Google’s decision is rather stupid. In an attempt to sell in numbers they’ll be diluting the Nexus One brand. However, I should point out that such moves are often made by handset manufacturers. The HTC Touch2 is available in two versions in India, one is with 3G and Wi-Fi, the other is without, and both these models have a significant price difference.

If you were to ask me, I’d rather not buy a stripped down Nexus One phone knowing that there is a version that has more features and would rather look for alternatives from HTC that will have the missing features at a price point close to that of the stripped down Nexus One.

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  • tej

    Right decision I guess due to two reason

    1. Lack of support of 3g or wifi, I mean come on I work in corporate sector but still I have to go and search for wifi connection.

    2. No 3g + with edge and a possibly wifi + No lockin + cost less than 20k is really a nice and affordable smartphone in INDIA.

    else figures will be very similar to iphone 3g which has sold 6000 unit in india and 60-70million worldwide.

    • tej

      In Rome one should behave like roman :)

  • PAR

    I’d rather not buy a stripped down Nexus One phone knowing that there is a version that has more features and would rather look for alternatives from HTC that will have the missing features at a price point close to that of the stripped down Nexus One.

    And the basic intention of stripping off features from the nexus one phone is to create a niche market for overpriced phone with all features included. Companies do this kind of artificial overpricing all the time. Otherwise why has Apple decided to charge $130 extra for just a 3G chip in iPad?

  • cfdfd

    And no one is going to buy! Why in the world will someone go for it if it's a stripped down version. There are plenty of phones around that can beat a stripped version of Nexus one by miles

 
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