Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Google Presents Nexus One Superphone

You already new practically everything there was to know about the new Android Google Nexus One, but a lot of people - myself included - hoped there was going to be something "new" in the official presentation by Google yesterday.

Sadly... there wasn't.

As there already are a lot of sites talking about the hardware specs (which you can see on the official Nexus One site) I'll be talking about "the rest."

This Nexus One is but the first of a series of devices that - and this was the "biggest revelation" - will be sold directly by Google at their new online store:

The fact that these new superphones (as Google wants us to call them) will be sold by Google itself poses some interesting questions: as we all know, Google makes it very hard for anyone person to actually be able to "talk" to someone real. How will they handle customer support? What will happen if your Nexus One breaks down? Will you be able to go directly to Google, or will you be redirected to your operator - or to the device manufacturer (HTC for the Nexus One, but in the future other companies like Motorola, etc.). That's something we'll soon find out.

Regarding the software, the new Android version has some interesting improvements, like the ability to support voice input in any text input box (voice recognition done remotely on Google Servers). And there are also lots of added "3D" cosmetic effects (not particularly useful, but making it look "nice." You can also expect Flash support to come soon. :)

This new Android should be open-sourced in the next few days, and be available for all other Android devices. Let's hope this clears up the "mess" in all the different Android versions out there, and that everyone upgrades to this version soon.

However, one of the strangest Android limitations continues to exist: of the 4GB of available memory on the Nexus One, only 190MB are available to install Apps!

Android really needs to allow Apps to run directly from external memory cards.

To sum things up: the Nexus sure is one of the best (probably the best) Android phone to date. Not really revolutionary, but showing how the platform is evolving and becoming better every day. I'm guess the average consumer will soon understand these "superphones" to be more of powerful pocket computers than actually phones.

In the USA, the Nexus One will be financially attractive over two year contracts over the iPhone, and even it's Android brother, the Motorola Droid.

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