The venerable Nexus One was launched in early 2010 and set the stage for a new breed of faster Android devices. Sales were lackluster, but a certain contingent of Android lovers embraced the Nexus One, and many still use it today. Google, however, is less smitten with this phone of yesteryear. The Big G announced today that the Nexus One will not be getting an official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
After months of speculation, is looks like the rumored Nexus S Android phone is real. This device Is expected to be the follow up to Google's Nexus One which was released last January. The name is still far from certain, but the assumption is that the 'S' comes from manufacturer Samsung. The images leaked to Engadget show a device with a large screen (probably a 4-inch Super AMOLED), a front-facing camera, and no physical trackball or trackpad.
The phone is expected to be very similar internally to the line of Samsung Galaxy S phones, but there isn't any Galaxy S branding on the phone in the leaked pics. The Nexus S will most likely be running on Samsung's Hummingbird processor, and will probably come running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A 5MP camera is also expected.
A leak earlier in the day on the Best Buy website indicated that the device may be an exclusive to the retailer this holiday season. Some photos on Flickr purport to be taken on a Nexus S/Samsung GT-i9020. FCC filings on that model number indicate this will be a T-Mobile band phone. The Best Buy ad also mentioned T-Mobile. Hit the link above for more images. So what say you Internets? Is this a desirable device?
Open Handset Alliance's Alvara Fuentes Vasquez let it slip via Twitter that Nexus One owners will soon be receiving Google's Android 2.3 update, otherwise known as "Gingerbread." His statement qualifies as a rumor, but there's been enough chatter as of late hinting of an impending release that we'd be surprised if this particular one turns out to be false.
The update could come as early as this Thursday, November 11th, which is the date most often thrown around the rumor mill in regards to Gingerbread. And the Nexus One makes perfect sense since the device uses stock firmware without any UI overlays.
Android 2.3 is expected to bring with it a handful of notable changes, including the ability to rearrange icons however you want, custom color options for shortcut icons, custom wallpaper can be assigned as an app background, music player enhancements, and a possible Google Music Service, CrispyTech reports.
An interesting rumor is coming out of Android and Me today. According to the site, the upcoming Samsung event is going to be the unveiling of the Google Nexus Two. This phone will supposedly be running stock Android Gingerbread (3.0 or 2.3, version number unclear). We've been expecting an announcement regarding the next version of Android, but a new Nexus seemed unlikely.
The Nexus One, while generally positively regarded, didn't sell very well. Carriers were nervous about supporting the stock Android phone and users could only buy it online. The Nexus One online store was closed, and even the support forums are going read-only soon. The Nexus One was made by long time Google partner HTC, but would Google contract Samsung to create a new Nexus?
This could end up just another situation like the Droid. Google officially backs a handset with a new version of Android, but the phone itself is managed by the manufacturer. What's your take?
A Florida man has filed suit against Google in response to the Nexus One's 3G signal issues. Nathan Nabors is seeking unspecified damages and class action status for the suit. Manufacturer HTC and original carrier T-Mobile are not listed in the filing. The allegation is that Google made misleading claims about the Nexus One's capabilities, then failed to adequately resolve issues when they cropped up.
Google started selling the Nexus One direct to consumers in early 2010. At the time, the phone had only T-Mobile US 3G bands. Consumers reported issues in getting, or holding on to, 3G frequencies in areas that other phones had no problem. After a software update, Google declared the problems fixed, saying that any further issues were on T-Mobile's end.
It's unclear if a judge will eventually grant class action status to the suit. If so, Nexus users might get a check for $10 in 2-3 years. The lawyers managing the case however, will probably do much better. If you have a Nexus One, let us know how your 3G is these days.
A few weeks ago, Google closed down their online sales of Nexus One phones with the promise they would be made available to developers. Shortly thereafter, the Google developer site did indeed begin offering registered developers the option to purchase the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus. Now just two weeks later, Google has announced the developer phone is sold out. The phones are backordered with manufacturer HTC, and are expected to be restocked soon, but no date was available.
In their blog post Google said, " We blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time." Part of the issue may be that for a $25 fee, anyone can become an Android developer and buy the phone. If you've committed to buying a $530 unlocked handset, an extra $25 admission fee is small potatoes.
Google also went to great pains to praise HTC for managing supplies as well as they have with a worldwide AMOLED display shortage. Sources have said phones like the Nexus One from HTC will switch to SLCD panels at some point. Might that point be now? In the end, with this sort of demand it makes you wonder if Google should have closed that web store at all.
Move over, G1, and make room for the Nexus One. No, we haven't traveled back in time - the Nexus One, which Google recently retired from its online one-item store, is back in unlocked form for developers.
"We've always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers," Google wrote in a blog post. "As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the 'Development Phones' link."
The Nexus One replaces the aging G1 as Google's Developer Phone, which the search giant describes as a "good choice both for people who want to build Android applications using either the SDK or the NDK," as well as "those who want to experiment with modified versions of the Android platform."
Last week Google announced it had received its last shipment of Nexus One phones and once those sold out, that would be it. Well, that day has come, and if you were on the fence about picking one up, the decision has been made for you - there aren't any left to buy, at least not from Google.
"Sorry, folks... The Nexus One is no longer available for purchase directly from Google. For more information on how to purchase the Nexus One, check out our help center," a message on the Nexus One's product page reads.
That last line is a bit of a fool's errand. Clicking on the help center URL brings up a page outlining where you can purchase a Nexus One, and if you expand the United States tree, you're told "The Nexus One is available for purchase from the Google Webstore and can be shipped to the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore (Republic of Singapore)." Clicking that link, of course, brings you back to the product page where Google's smartphone is sold out.
A few months back Google let it be known that they would stop selling the Nexus One directly through the Google.com/phone portal. Today The Big G announced they had received their last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once they are sold out, that's the end of Google's noble experiment.
The Nexus One was intended to move both mobile hardware, and purchasing ahead. According to Google, they believe the hardware push was successful, but consumers did not take to the new sales model. Frankly, who could blame them? Even those willing to buy the phone with a T-Mobile contract were restricted to one plan. Additionally, CDMA carriers Sprint and Verizon chose not to authorize the Nexus One on their networks.
The venerable Google phone is not completely gone. It will still be available for purchase to anyone registered as an Android developer. Google also hinted at the phone being available direct from carriers depending on “local market conditions”. Support for existing Nexus owners will continue. Are you sad to see the Nexus One fading into the background? Was its 7 month run too short?
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