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Summary:

The much-hyped Nexus One has been praised as an impressive, if incremental, step in the evolution of Android. But for Google it marks the latest small step toward changing the mobile industry as we know it.

Google’s much-hyped Nexus One has received generally positive reviews as a solid, if modest, improvement on the current lineup of Android phones. That kind of praise would be welcome by most handset manufacturers, of course, which are fighting for market share in an increasingly competitive field. For the Internet search giant, though, the Nexus One marks a very small step toward changing the mobile industry as it exists today. In a new research note on GigaOM Pro (sub. required), I take a look at how the Nexus One reinforces Google’s mobile strategy and reflects broader trends driving the industry toward greater openness. Key topics covered in the report include:

  • Google’s vision for the mobile industry
  • How federal regulation could play a role
  • Which players are most threatened and how to react

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  1. Matt Kanninen Friday, January 8, 2010

    The phone is an incremental improvement, over the Droid which is still the best phone ever made. The network and a keyboard are both deal breakers for significant percentages of the population.

    However what is a revolutionary change is the business model. You purchased it from Google. Heck they announced it, I noticed, I told someone, and it got shipped to use within 48 hours… of the product launch.

    Not to mention how this greatly helps Google have as much say as HTC or Motorola in the matters which decides whether the whole ecosystem will fragment.

    The Nexus1 is a reference implemenation of Android. It also competes directly with the iPhone, and I expect to see it on a great many carriers.

    This does cause Google to be re evaluated by friends, enemies, and regulators, but it’s an obvious move, and a good one for all parties.

    1. The Droid is the best phone ever made?

      Its dog slow, lags when just scrolling the home screen.
      It can only hold a few hundred meg of apps.
      No multi-touch.
      Unusable physical keyboard and not much better onscreen kyboard.
      Soft buttons that work only when they feel like it.
      Lousy camera
      Poor UI
      Poor syncing
      Battery door falls off.

      I can’t imagine what you think a bad phone is if this is the best.

    2. The Droid is the best phone ever made?

      Its dog slow, lags when just scrolling the home screen.
      It can only hold a few hundred meg of apps.
      No multi-touch.
      Unusable physical keyboard and not much better onscreen kyboard.
      Soft buttons that work only when they feel like it.
      Lousy camera
      Poor UI
      Poor syncing
      Battery door falls off.

      I can’t imagine what you think a bad phone is if this is the best.

      Buying it from Google is revolutionary? How? Apple has been doing that for 3 years and they aren’t the first.

      1. Phones are slow, the Droid is just the fastest.

        If you chose to install a bunch of crappy apps you may have found a way to slow it down more. I suggest you restore it to factory conditions.

        I had to return my Droid, as did my wife. Motorola does need to perfect the construction process, and bring the price down.

        It has an awesome camera, and a screen actually capable of displaying the picture you take! Imagine that!

        I don’t think multi touch means what you think it means, as the Droid is multi touch. If you think it means pinch to zoom, I prefer to use my handset one handed thank you.

        Having used multiple blackberries for multiple years, it did take a week to get used to the Droid keyboard. It rules.

        Um, what phone has a better on screen keyboard? I love the innovations google has made in on screen boards. Although I would love to install a couple more options, do you have a keyboard app you recomend?

        I am annoyed by the soft buttons. Real buttons are always better! I like to be able to use my phone blind folded. You almost can with the droid, and if you turn on haptics or key beeps its a lot easier.

        Apple is a….. hardware company! You are right it is mundane for them to sell… hardware!

        Best in breed UI, and I love being able to swap batteries out. Not to mention how cool it is that everything is micro USB now.

        I did take Motorola up on the offer to send me a free back door. I didn’t need one, but I had put velcro on mine and wanted another one in case I didn’t always want one.

        I think you have been mis informed about the Droid. I suggest you either use it, or talk to its users. I recomend:

        http://www.droidforums.net/

        Now mind you, I’m a long time java developer, I used the Google Ion for fun, and switched from Blackberry to the Droid the day it came out. I’m biased. But I would suggest you do some research. Heck if you are the apple fan boy you appear to be you can stick to sources that are also apple fan boys, but have also used Android. I recommend, daring fireball.

  2. Why Nexus One Will Make Money For Google – GigaOM Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    [...] Why Nexus One Will Make Money For Google By Om Malik Jan. 20, 2010, 8:51am No Comments 0 0 0 0 Google, it seems to be having some teething problems with its foray into the topsy-turvy world of mobile handsets. From unhappy partners to unhappy customers, the search giant has been having a rough time with its Nexus One, currently the best Android phone on the market. So much so, that GigaOM Pro Mobile curator Colin Gibbs wondered if it was time for Google to kill Nexus One. (Related from GigaOM PRO, sub-required: Nexus One & Google’s Mobile Strategy.) [...]

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