Android This Week: Nexus One for All; Buzz Hits Android; Google TV


Google (s goog) this week took another step toward getting its own Android-based handset, the Nexus One, on as many U.S. carriers as possible. Originally released on the T-Mobile network, the device was added to AT&T (s t) next, and then Verizon (s vz). Sprint (s s) said this week that it will become the fourth major carrier to support the Nexus One — which should help boost the lower-than-expected sales numbers of what many feel is the best Android phone on the market.

Google Buzz is one of those services that folks either love or hate. Those in the pro-Buzz camp will love the new Google Buzz widget, which can be placed on the home screen of any Android phone, where users can post text and photos to it with a single tap. The widget also supports geolocation. Posts submitted through it are uploaded in the background, and as such do not impact performance nor usage of the phone.

And the Android OS may be coming to a TV near you! Google, Intel (s intc) and Sony (s sne) have entered into a partnership to create Google TV, a venture aimed at bringing social networking into the set-top TV box space. Google TV will be based on the Chrome web browser, which doesn’t currently work with Android. Launch is slated for this summer.


Timothy Meade

Something suggests this TV things is more Chrome OS than Android, though Android applications could certainly be part of it. Since there doesn’t seem to be more detailed reporting on this there is no way to know for sure (outside of Google and it’s partners). Android does run on x86 platforms such as the Atom chips mentioned in the Times reporting, though most devices actually shipping with it are based on ARM cores. The Android browser is not chrome, it’s simple a browser written in Java/Davlik using a native Webkit implementation through JNI. The Chrome UI would also seem to be out of place on Android, with Chrome dominating the screen and leaving little room for the Android home application, though this is a new form factor and experience.

@Michael Scharf
the Qualcomm chipsets only support a number of band choices, quad band gprs/edge and tri-band 3G I believe, with a choice of those three 3G bands.


I went into a verizon store on the 20th of march and they said that they had not gotten one to the store yet and they would usually get it atleast a week before. The salesperson i had talked to is a very aggressive salesman so he might have just been trying to get me to buy the droid. He also said that he didnt even think that it would be out this quarter. so maybe april?


I just looked on Googles website and still no mention of Verizon being available now.

Jeff Brown

Verizon? We all heard March 23rd a month ago. Nothing since. What do you know that the rest of us don’t?

There is nothing on Google’s site indicating anything beyond Spring 2010.

Michael Scharf

It appears that the difference between the AT&T and T-Mo Nexus One is “only” among the 3G frequencies (900/AWS/2100 MHz or 850/1900/2100 MHz). It would seem that it would make more sense to have one version for the US/Canada/and (perhaps) the EU… A true world phone.

So here’s the question, is the cost of putting in the two extra 3G UMTS frequencies very expensive? Or is there some other difference that is not as simple as this…?

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