Google has got into the hardware business with details spilling out across various tech blogs about the new Android powered Nexus One mobile phone. Google getting into making mobiles will mark a shift of focus from web services to a hardware product.
Expected Specifications of NexusOne by Google
- Nexus will have a proximity sensor/light sensor along with a touch screen.
- Nexus One will have Android running on it.
- Specifications on a camera are not clear but it will support Google Goggles and hence it might come with a 5 MP camera.
- It is expected to have WiFi Radio and Bluetooth.
What does Nexus One mean for Google?
I have no doubt that Nexus One will give a pretty strong push to the Android OS but this does mean Google is shifting some of its focus from internet services and products to a hardware product.
Microsoft which had done the same by entering the market with Xbox and b have not made any major breakthrough in term of huge financial windfall. But they have much deeper pockets compared to Google.
I wonder if this will be a misadventure for Google because inspite of having their customized hardware and Android OS, Google will finally have to convince carriers about adopting the Nexus phone.
What do you think about this new development? If Google gets this right could we see a Google Netbook powered by Chromium OS in a few years?
Let me know your thoughts through your comments.
People can buy anything which is mktd by AAPL or GOOG. The hardware of the NexusOne is mfd by HTC and its powered by Android. There are rumors that GOOG has partnered with T-Mobile for the NexusOne. As of now it is their first phone and there are no plans to release multiple handsets by GOOG so I think there are very few chances of failure. Chromium OS has a long way to go and by the time it is mature enough, netbooks will be replaced by tablets.
You make a valid point about netbooks and Chrome OS.
yeah what Mankar saaid is correct the hardware is manufactired by HTC and Google was deeply involved in this project…
Well so far it doesn’t seem to have been a misadventure. Short of a few negative reviews, it’s been warmly received, and it actually seems to work, which is refreshing for a mobile that tries to integrate the internet as a major feature. Maybe it’s because it’s actually been developed as an android platform, rather than adding ie onto an ordinary phone.
As for the netbook and Chrome aspect, I think that maybe it’s a little old hat thinking with the netbook, they need to get something like the iSlate developed, as Google have caught a whole new net of fish with the Nexus One getting them into hardware. It would be a proper scuffle between Google and Apple if they both brought out similar devices, and let’s face it, Google might as well own the internet. Although I adore Apple products, it’s about time they had soem class competition, and I think Google could provide that. If they pull their fingers out that is.
@Amy: You have a great point with respect to apple. A lot of people look at Google taking on Microsoft but I think it just might end up taking on Apple. 😛