Google has invited journalists to an event next Tuesday, prompting speculation that they will announce the launch the Google Nexus One mobile phone. The Google Nexus One is the first mobile handset designed entirely by Google. The phone runs Google’s Android operating system and the hardware was designed in collaboration with HTC.
The invite says: “With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what’s possible.” Since details of the phone emerged earlier this month, rumours suggested that it would go on sale in early January. Rumours on gadget blogs today suggest that the phone will go on sale in the US on January 5. There’s no word yet – even as a rumour – about whether the phone will be available in the UK or whether Britons will have to wait to get their hands on it.
Gadget blogs are also quoting leaked documents saying that the phone will be available unlocked for $530 (£334) and for $180 (£113) as part of a contract with T-Mobile. The unlocked phone will work on any GSM network, allowing users to simply insert their SIM and start using the phone. (As Ron Maltiel points out via Twitter, the Nexus One won’t work on every network. CDMA networks, such as Verizon, don’t use a SIM so the phone will not be compatible.)
Again, there is no word on UK pricing or which network, if any, will supply a subsidised version of the phone. Google has so far declined to comment on rumours about the Nexus One