There has been a lot of buzz lately about Google’s upcoming mobile phone, named Nexus One. However, the biggest point of contention is how anyone can purchase a device themselves. It is implicitly understood that the whole distribution will be via an invites system, and that Nexus One wouldn’t be available outside this – at retail stores.
So, how will the whole thing pan out. From what we know till now, this is the possible way forward:
1. Google has been sending invites to people for a “special android media event” to be held on January 5. We do know that it is all about the Nexus One.
2. As part of the media event, the attendees will be given free invites that they may pass along to those in their network who want to buy a Nexus One.
3. All those who have an invite to purchase a Nexus One can proceed to the Google Phone website (not yet live) to make their purchase.
4. As part of the purchase, users will be required to register themselves at the site.
5. Once these users register themselves, they shall be given additional invites to send it to their network.
6. The Google Phone website shall also become the destination for all future software upgrades.
So as you see, the system shall pretty much work like it did when Gmail was first introduced or as it has now been working with Google Wave. And Google has all the while known to keep the demand high above the supply in order to make their product tantalizingly attractive.
Considering that Google Wave invites sold for close to $70 on eBay, expect a lot more Nexus One auctioning to happen early next year.
Ok, this is again a speculation, but call it a more studied one. Gizmodo has claimed access to pre-launch webpages at Google.com/phone which is claimed to be the sole store from where customers can purchase their Nexus One phones.
It is also learnt that the phone will be available unlocked and without subsidy. Alternately, you may also choose to gain some subsidy if you choose to go with a T-Mobile 2 year contract. So, here are the pricing details
Unsubsidized and Unlocked : $530
Subsidized with 2 year T-Mobile contract : $179.99
Car docking station : $49.99
Desktop docking station : $39.99
Right now, there is only one T-Mobile plan of $79.99 monthly that comes with the phone. Willing to take it? Let us know in the comments.
The launch is less than a week away from now. But weirdly enough, Google is still maintaining a studied silence over the launch. However, as we have been hearing from sources close to the product, the Nexus One is indeed coming on January 5 – at 9 AM to be precise.
Apparently, it is T-Mobile that will be handling the network for Nexus One. According to internal documents circulated at T-Mobile, the “Google Phone” shall be handled by their company. However, their role shall be restricted to “billing, coverage, features and rate plans, as we have previously stated. All troubleshooting and exchanges will be managed by Google and HTC. Launch is ‘early January.’”
This is interesting. Is T-Mobile an exclusive partner or are there more networks gearing up for the launch? Also, if the launch on Jan 5 is only to a limited circle, then is there really a necessity for the company to ready themselves up? We do not have the answers to these questions right now, and hopefully Google will come up with an answer sooner. Till then, revel in the suspense!
Two Consumer groups protesting Google’s recent move to acquire the mobile advertising company AdMob have said that this should not be allowed since it can potentially diminish competition.
According to a report published on BusinessWeek, the Consumer groups have said
“Without vigorous competition and strong privacy guarantees this vital and growing segment of the online economy will be stifled”
What do we make of this? Will the AdMob acquisition indeed be thwarted. From the current market conditions, it is pretty unlikely that FCC would heed to the claims by Consumer groups. Google and AdMob together constitute just over 40% of the mobile advertising market (according to an IDC analyst). In that condition, this does not really bother competition to a great extent.
As a matter of fact, the mobile advertising market is currently pretty much fragmented and we do need a bit of consolidation as this for the mobile advertising market to move to the next level.
We would like to hear your opinion on this? Do you see the Consumer groups claims hold truth? Please tell in the comments.
[via Business Week]
Google Nexus One could be coming up with a few official accessories above the actual handset. Earlier, we had rumors about an official car kit in the works that will offer users the ability to charge their phones from inside the car as well as possible speaker phone functionalities.
Now, we are hearing that yet another accessory could be in the works. Documents submitted by HTC to FCC point out to the development of a Desktop Dock.
The Desktop Dock shall presumably make bluetooth wireless be available on the Nexus One. While the exact functionality of the accessory is not known, it could possibly help in synchronizing your desktop files with your handset and also offer other Bluetooth functionalities like hands-free speakerphone and remote control options.
Here is the image of the HTC application that SlashGear got hold of
What do you make of this? Tell us in the comments.
[via Slash Gear]
Google Voice is officially still banned for iPhone users. However, it has been available for free for jailbroken iPhone users. Now rumor is in that a new updated version of GV Mobile is in the works and is to be released soon. It is apparently such a joy to use coming as it is with a lot of enhanced features. Here is what you can expect from GV Mobile 2.0 for jailbroken iPhones
- Instant dialled call connectivity
- Access to iPhone contacts from inside the app
- Voicemail transcription viewer
- Multiple Google voice account support
This apart, more features like call forwarding, do not disturb settings, automatic syncing could also be released soon. Sad that non-jailbroken iPhone users still cannot use this pretty tool.
[via Boy Genius Report]
You don’t need to teach the art of marketing to the biggest advertising company in the world. Google Nexus One, the much awaited smartphone from Google is rumored to be making its commercial launch in less than ten days – On January 5th.
Apparently, it will not be available to everyone then and shall be on an invitation-only basis. It is still unclear who is going to receive the first batch of phones – Google Employees? Android developers? or is through lottery? Nobody knows and that is exactly fuelling this buzz.
The phone looks a much better device from the iPhone – It has got an amazing 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED screen display, a 5 megapixel camera that comes with autoflash and 2X digital zoom. Overall, Nexus One is marginally bigger than the iPhone but performs much better. What’s more, it is on Android which being an open platform is always better than the closed platform from Apple.
So, who is getting the device? We will keep you posted on that.