Google today unveiled a new way for consumers to purchase an Android mobile phone, a web store hosted by Google. The company is also launching the first phone offered through this new model, called the Nexus One, which combines the latest in hardware from HTC Corporation with the newest Android software.
“The goal of Google’s new consumer channel is to provide an efficient way to connect Google’s online users with selected Android phones,” the company said. “The online experience of the web store has been designed with a focus on simplicity.
Through the online web store, consumers can buy the Nexus One without service – meaning any GSM network SIM card can be inserted into the device. Alternatively, the phone can be purchased with service from one of Google’s operator partners.
“As new phones come to market through this channel, consumers will benefit from the ability to match a phone of their choice with the service plan that best meets their needs.”
Operator prices and plan details will be featured on the site.
Key specifications for the Google Nexus One:
Size (H x W x D): 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm
Weight: 130 grams with battery / 100g without battery
* 3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
* 800 x 480 pixels
* 100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
* 1ms typical response rate
Camera & Flash:
* 5 megapixels
* Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
* 2X digital zoom
* LED flash
* User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
* Video captured at 720 x 480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
Power and battery:
Removable 1400 mAH battery, charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Up to 10 hours on 2G, up to 7 hours on 3G
Up to 290 hours on 2G, up to 250 hours on 3G
Up to 5 hours on 3G, up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Up to 7 hours
Up to 20 hours
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
* 512MB Flash
* 512MB RAM
* 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB).