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19 November 2019

Google Nexus One ‘confirmed’ with Snapdragon chip, free turn-by-turn GPS directions

There has been a ton of talk over the past few months about the possibility of Google releasing its own branded mobile phone. At first I thought it was a bogus rumor as such a move would pressure the wireless carriers that have been pushing Google’s Android mobile operating system. Apparently though, Google doesn’t need any help on the part of the carriers because the phone is likely real.

A post went up on the Google Mobile blog yesterday discussing the concept of a “mobile lab”, a reference to the fact that Google employees have been given Google-created mobile phones to test out new products and concepts. This phone, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid link), will be available to mainstream consumers in January 2010 under the name Nexus One. This could be the same phone that has been making the blogosphere rumor rounds under the name HTC Passion or HTC Dragon. While Google hasn’t itself confirmed this, these are the details that are so-called “confirmed”:

  • Android 2.1 OS
  • GSM
  • hardware manufactured by HTC (same as T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and the HTC Hero)
  • will run special software not available on other Android devices
  • Snapdragon process which includes embedded GPS capabilities
  • OLED touchscreen
  • a scroll wheel
  • no physical keyboard
  • 2 mics
  • a high resolution camera
  • voice-to-text dictation (for voice search most likely)

This is a photo of the Google Nexus One found via Cory O’Brien on Twitter

Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One

While the idea of Google selling a phone directly, without any carrier involvement, is interesting, I’m curious as to how this could effect the navigation industry. Since Google’s announcement of free turn-by-turn GPS software for Android 2.0 mobile phones and more recently, Google Goggles, which enables mobile phone users to “Search by Sight” in the context of location, it’s clear the GPS industry is being turned on its head. What do you think? Will Google one day be the premier (and possibly monopolistic) provider of GPS navigation services? Let me know in the comments!

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