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Summary:

The Nexus One is the only phone Google has sold directly to consumers, but not for long. It will be missed, but with great phones like the Droid X on the scene the timing is right. App Inventor brings DIY apps to any Android phone.

The Nexus One pushed the Android envelope in a number of ways, but had a short life as a product. Google received its last shipment of the phone this week from HTC, and will sell it until stock is depleted. The Nexus One is the only phone Google has sold directly to consumers, as the company used it to challenge the model of the U.S. carrier subsidy — though that didn’t exactly work out. The fast-moving smartphone space has seen several other handsets released that surpass the Nexus One in capabilities, so even though it is only a few months old it’s not surprising it’s getting junked so quickly.

Google is making it possible for Android phone owners with no programming experience to easily create their own apps using the App Inventor. This uses a simple graphical interface to allow anyone to design an app that does simple tasks in just a few minutes. Users build a screen for the app by putting buttons and other graphical components in the desired spot and then assign functions to the controls.

The HTC EVO 4G and the Motorola Droid X are two of the best Android phones currently available. Both have big screens and lots of power to help owners get things done. I put both phones against one another and found them to be of comparable value. Those looking for a good smartphone won’t be disappointed with either of these phones in hand.

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  1. Many still consider the N1 to be the best Android phone out in terms of design aesthetics and a lack of a skinned UI which always caused a problem with updates. While there were problems it was the carriers who killed off the phone because they wanted their own crapware on the phones they sold and could control software update cycles. So much for the whole open thing.

  2. This was rumoured a few weeks ago, can’t recall where I read it. I have the HTC Desire, which is a great phone and almost
    identical to the N1. Sadly the Desire does not feature the built in noise reduction system that the Nexus One does.
    Are there any other Android devices with a similar dual-mic, noise reduction system?

    1. James Kendrick Mike Sunday, July 18, 2010

      The new Droid X has a 3 mic system. Two comprise the noise cancellation system and the third is on the back of the phone. It can be activated when shooting a video to capture audio of the subject.

  3. hi, any update on the android GigaOm application?

  4. Does this mean that the Nexus Two is coming soon?
    @App Inventor
    Is that possible for us to create a Video editing app with this?

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