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Google smartphones are either a daring foray into the telecom world or a misunderstood test of the next-generation of the Internet giant’s Android mobile operating system.
Analysts interviewed Friday were divided over what to make of the “Nexus One” smartphones that Google is having workers test internally.
“We are having a big discussion whether this is going to kill Android or make it,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.
“It looks like Google is moving to see if they can do the Apple thing.”
Google announced last week on its official blog that it is testing a new mobile device. The handset is being tested by Google’s 20,000 employees, who reportedly received the device just before the weekend.
Here’s over to the gossip mill for all that Google’s Nexus One phone may offer.
Bearing strong resemblance to Apple iPhone, the handset is likely to have a slightly larger display than iPhone and will lack a physical keyboard. Unlike iPhone’s LCD display, Nexus one is likely to have an OLED display. Reports also suggest that Google phone will come with a trackball.
The phone will have a 5 megapixel camera with LED and auto-focus. For gamers, the phone will offer OpenGL ES 2.0 support.
Google phone will run on Android 2.1 operating system. Speculations are rife that the phone will come with MicroSD, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The handset will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor.
Unlike Apple’s popular iPhone, the Google handset will have an exchangeable battery and the ability for users to add a memory card to the device.
Google Inc plans to sell two versions of its own-branded cellphone: one with a service contract with T-Mobile USA and another that is unlocked, a source familiar with the matter said.
The phone, manufactured by HTC, has a number of code names such as HTC Passion, Dream or Nexus One and could be available directly though the Google website as early as January 5, according to the source.
Google said on its official blog on Saturday that it was testing a new mobile device with its employees. Media reports have said that Google will sell an unlocked version of the touchscreen phone, allowing consumers to pick a carrier of their choice to provide wireless service.
Another version will be linked to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA, which will subsidise the cost of the phone for US consumers who agree to a service contract, the source said. Pricing details were not available.
“In the long term Google will become a seller and get commission from operators,” the source said, adding that other operators are expected to follow T-Mobile’s lead eventually and agree to Google’s terms.
The phone is similar to Apple Inc’s iPhone but has, among other features, an exchangeable battery, a somewhat larger screen and the ability for consumers to add a memory card to the device. Any operator who wants to make the phone available to its customers will have to go through Google, the source said.
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