Google to introduce their own cell phone. Nexus One will be built on Android OS

by Jeff Wiener on December 14, 2009

Picture 5If you read something in enough places then it must be true – right ?

It’s still a rumor, but, I’ve now read in The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, and Techcrunch that Google will be introducing their own Android phone some time in the new year. It’s still only rumor though – that’s because Google hasn’t confirmed the information as of yet. But they have confirmed that they are working with and testing this device.

Taken from Google’s Blog:
At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood”). Well this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level.

We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.

Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.

Apparently the phone will be called Nexus One, will be made by HTC, and will of course run on Google’s Android operating system. Google gave out thousands of these phones to their staff in the last week. The staff shouldn’t be talking or reporting on the phones, but, I grabbed this picture from Cory OBrien’s Twitter profile where he wrote: “Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android”.

This is obviously a huge departure for Google considering they haven’t normally been involved with manufacturing or private labelling hardware. This also puts them into competition with all of the other manufacturers that have adopted Android as their primary handset OS – namely Motorola which recently introduced the hot selling “Droid” phone, Apple which makes the iPhone, and RIM which makes the Blackberry. Google’s market share has increased from 4.2 to 5.4% between June and September 2009. They are clearly a threat, and will obviously pose more of a threat to the other manufacturers moving forward. Google is spreading their wings with the introduction of the Google OS, Chrome, Android, and mobile hardware. No, they are no longer just a cloud search company.

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