Google’s Nexus One smartphone prepares for battle with the iPhone

Google, the online search giant, is preparing to launch the much-anticipated Nexus One smartphone at its headquarters in California today.

The phone, which is expected to be wider but slimmer than Apple’s market-leading iPhone and faster than Motorola’s Fortune 500, is the first handset to be designed, marketed and sold solely by Google.

Complete with the obligatory touch-screen and virtual keyboard of the smartphone, it will run the search leader’s Android operating system on a high-speed processor.

Google has said little about the Nexus One since giving the device to its employees last month for testing. But it is expected to unveil its plans for the phone during a press conference about the Android system at its Mountain View headquarters in California tomorrow.

Early reviews suggest the Nexus camera, which comes with a flash, is preferred to that on the iPhone, and it is likely to win the battle over battery life, with the ability to hold full charge for at least 24 hours. It will also come complete with a light sensor, proximity sensor and an accelerometer.

But the Nexus will fall short of the iPhone in the applications arena, with around 16,000 available for Android phones compared with 100,000 at the Apple App Store.

The phone, which stores audio and video, will also not offer a connection to Apple’s iTunes online music library.

Google has said little about the Nexus One since giving the device to its employees last month for testing. But it is expected to unveil its plans for the phone during a press conference about the Android system at its Mountain View headquarters in California tomorrow.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6933766/Googles-Nexus-One-smartphone-prepares-for-battle-with-the-iPhone.html

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