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Nexus One
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The front view of the Google Nexus One.
Manufacturer HTC (Designed and branded by Google)
Type Slate smartphone
Release date January 5, 2010
Introductory price $529 unlocked
$179 with 2 year contract[1]
Operating system Android 2.1 (Eclair)
Power Removable 1400mAh battery, up to 290 hours on standby, 10 hours talk time, 5 hours browsing[2]. Charged via MicroUSB[3]
CPU 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon ARM
Storage capacity Flash memory: 512 MB
microSD (Class 2) slot: 4 GB included, expandable up to 32 GB
Memory 512 MB DRAM
Display 800 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), 252.15 ppi, 3:5 aspect ratio, WVGA, AMOLED with 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 1 ms response rate [2]
Input Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, trackball, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, digital compass
Camera 5.0 megapixel with video (720 x 480 px at 20 fps or higher), geotagging, LED flash and auto focus.[2]
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Micro-USB, A-GPS
Quad band GSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE and Tri band UMTS 900 1700 2100 MHz or 850 1900 2100 MHz HSDPA/HSUPA[2][4]
Online services Android Market
Dimensions 119 mm (4.7 in) (h)
59.8 mm (2.35 in) (w)
11.5 mm (0.45 in) (d)
Weight 130 g (4.6 oz) with battery, 100 g (3.5 oz) without battery

The Nexus One is a smartphone from Google that uses the Android open source mobile operating system.[5] The device is manufactured by Taiwan's HTC Corporation, and became available on January 5, 2010.[2][6] Features of the phone include the ability to transcribe voice to text,[7][8] noise canceling dual microphones,[9] and GPS guided turn-by-turn voice directions to drivers.[10][11]

The device is sold unlocked (not restricted to use on a single network provider). Google currently offers it for use on the T-Mobile and AT&T networks in the United States; a version for use on the Verizon (US) and Vodafone (European) networks is expected in the second calendar quarter of 2010 (March 23rd), with the CDMA version passing the FCC March 1.[12] On March 16, 2010, the Nexus One device became available on the Google web store for sale in Canada for use with Rogers Wireless, Telus, Bell and Wind Mobile.[13] The phone will also be available with Sprint-Nextel as announced on March 17, 2010. [14] There is no release date or price details for the Nexus One on Sprint.



United States

The Nexus One was released on January 5, 2010. The phone is sold via Google's website, at a price of $529 without a plan or contract, or a subsidized $179 when purchased with a T-Mobile two year contract.[15]


Several plans are available for subsidized phones - $69.99 per month rate, which includes 500 minutes with unlimited nights and weekends, and unlimited e-mail/data. Other plans include 1000 minutes with unlimited nights and weekends, and unlimited e-mail/data for $79.99, and unlimited minutes with unlimited nights and weekends, unlimited SMS, and unlimited e-mail/data for $89.99. Unsubsidized phones have no such limitation.[16][1] The $179 T-Mobile price is only for individuals who are not currently under contract with T-Mobile. If one currently has a T-Mobile contract, the price of the phone rises to $279.99. [17][18]

In addition, tax may be charged depending on the state to which the device is shipped. Each order is shipped with free FedEx Overnight shipping, with indirect signature required. Even with engraving delivery is usually the next day after ordering.

Google removed a price level of $379.99 for current T-mobile customers who had a data plan. Those who ordered the phone for 379.99 were refunded $100USD.

T-Mobile contract plans cost $20 per month more than non-contract plans.

For unlocked phones, T-Mobile offers a Prepaid SIM Card Activation Kit[19] for $6.99 on their website and airtime is available at several price points including $100 for 1000 minutes good for a year. Activation kits are sold online or at retail stores for about $10. Airtime is sold online, by phone, or at retail stores.


The Nexus One became available unlocked for AT&T 3G frequencies March 17, 2010 for $529[20].


A Verizon (CDMA) version of the Nexus One will be available in the US. The release date is March 23, 2010.[21] Sources claim that Google will indeed be following its business model, just as it did with T-Mobile by selling its Nexus One only through its website.[22] According to a Chinese Newspaper Economic Daily News, DigiTimes reports that HTC has started shipping the CDMA-version of the Nexus One phones to Verizon Wireless, which will begin to market the smartphone this month or in April at the earliest which lends some credibility to the March 23rd date tossed about previously.[23] The phone will be available in one or two year plans for a reduced price for an unknown amount at this time. Verizon Wireless is set to debut their version of the Nexus One at this years CTIA – The Wireless Association on March 23rd, revealed by a Google employee.[24]


A Sprint version of the Nexus One (CDMA) was announced on March 17, 2010, without giving specific availability dates or pricing. The press release states a commitment to "simple" pricing and references the current pricing structure.[25]


On March 16, 2010 Google officially released the Nexus One for purchase by Canadian consumers, offering two versions of the handset that will operate on either Bell, Telus, or Rogers' 3G networks (UMTS band 5) or alternatively on Wind Mobile (UMTS band 4/AWS).[26]


Around Spring 2010, Google will launch a Vodafone model in Europe, with plans to expand the phone to other carriers and international markets in due course.[27][1]

Google is making the phone available for delivery to the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong, although native carrier tie-ups have not been finalized for these countries, and the phone will be shipped from the US. Customers ordering from the UK are charged $29.65 international shipping and an optional $19.00 for an AC adaptor, with an additional 17.5% VAT. Singapore applies 7% GST, while Hong Kong does not add any additional taxes.[28] Although the Nexus One will not ship outside these countries for a few months, two French websites started selling it (with a carrier plan) on February 15, 2010.


The Nexus One has a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen with PenTile matrix pixel arrangement[29]. The capacitive touch screen is capable of handling limited multi-touch gestures[30]. It has an illuminated trackball which can emit different colors of light based on the type of notification being received. A voice processor developed by Audience uses a second microphone (on the back) to reduce background noise during phone conversations.[31] A 4-conductor TRRS style 3.5mm stereo headset jack is also provided, adding microphone and pause/resume/next/previous functions to the stereo earphones.[2]

The phone features a 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and digital zoom, GPS receiver, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and 802.11b/g WiFi capabilities.[32] The Snapdragon processor allows for many advanced capabilities including 720p video playback.[33][34] There is built in hardware decoding for H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4 video, and is capable of playing MP3, AAC+, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and MIDI audio, and displaying the JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP image formats. It has a micro USB port which conforms to the GSMA Universal Charging Solution instead of the common mini-USB port, or HTC's mini-USB compatible format (ExtUSB). The microSD card slot allows expansion up to 32 gigabytes of card storage. Applications can only be installed to the 512 MB internal flash memory, of which 190 MB are available for that purpose. During unveiling, it was mentioned that Google may eventually lift this restriction after addressing security issues.[27]

A third party analysis by iSuppli estimates the cost of hardware components to be around $175.[33][34]


As of March 16, 2010, there are two versions of the Nexus One. Both versions of the Nexus One cover most major GSM and 3G providers in the US, Europe and Asia. On both phones, the GSM radio frequencies covered are 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 1900MHz. The original Nexus One also came along with UMTS frequency bands 1 (2100 MHz), 4 (1700 MHz), and 8 (900 MHz).[35], allowing it to access 3G throughout Europe, as well as on T-Mobile USA and WIND Mobile in Canada. The second version of the Nexus One supports UMTS frequency bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), and 5 (850 MHz), allowing it to access 3G in most of Europe, as well as on AT&T Mobility in the USA and Rogers Wireless, Fido Solutions, Bell Mobility, and TELUS Mobility in Canada.


The Nexus One runs the Google Android 2.1 operating system. The 2.1 firmware version of the Android operating system adds a few aesthetic changes, such as "Live Wallpapers", which are animated in the background and react to different user inputs. It also replaces the "Application Drawer" with a single button which can be pressed to access the list of applications installed on the phone. This thumbnail list can be scrolled up and down and, as it's scrolled, the applications roll up into a 3D cube instead of disappearing from the screen. Once the bottom of the application thumbnail list is hit, the screen bounces off similar to the iPhone functionality.

The integrated Media Gallery, developed by Cooliris, provides several new features allowing the user to browse, edit, and share photos and videos on the phone. The Media Gallery and webbrowser display with 16-bit colour rather than 24-bit[29].

On February 2, 2010 announced an over-the air update for the Nexus One.[36] It adds pinch-to-zoom functionality to the web browser, gallery, and maps applications. In addition it adds Google Goggles natively and fixes many of the 3G connectivity issues reported by T-Mobile users.

The Nexus One will be able to play Flash content when Adobe Systems releases Flash Player 10.1.[37]

By March 2010, Android-based phones have access to more than 34,000 applications through the Android Market.[38]

Platform Development, Hacking, and Modifications

The Nexus One ships with an unlockable bootloader[39] allowing developers to participate in the Android Open Source Project in addition to developing applications. The Nexus One operating system can be unlocked and flashed with the fastboot utility which is part of the Android Open Source Project. Fastboot runs on Windows, Mac OS, or Linux and accesses the Nexus One through the USB port.

The bootloader of the Nexus One is accessed by holding the trackball while powering up the device.[40]

Users are able to gain root privileges on the device by unlocking its bootloader using the fastboot command "fastboot oem unlock."[41] Unlocking the bootloader allows the user to install other firmware images that give the user root access. Obtaining root privileges enables a user to override protected operating system features, install arbitrary software, and enable internet tethering to share the phone's 3G network connection via a wireless LAN, among other things.[42][43] Upon running the fastboot command, the user is presented with a Google-created screen stating that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty.[44] The popular CyanogenMod build of Android has already been released for the device.[45]

Comparison with other phones

The multi-touch experience of the Nexus One is similar to that of other multi-touch enabled smartphones (iPhone, Palm Pre, etc). Nexus One has hardware and software multi-touch capability and as of an update released February 2, 2010[36] it has pinch-to-zoom functionality in the phone's Browser, Gallery and Maps applications. In addition to these official applications, 3rd party apps that support multi-touch gestures are readily available.

HTC Desire

HTC later released the HTC Desire which has very similar specifications to the Nexus One. The Desire features an optical trackpad rather than a trackball, physical buttons rather than the touch sensitive buttons and an FM radio but lacks the noise cancelling dual microphones present in the Nexus One. The Desire is solely branded as HTC and runs HTC Sense rather than the stock version of Android.


If use of the product is limited to free wireless LAN networks, the cost would be $529 for the lifetime of the phone.[46] Adding phone service without data is available economically via T-Mobile prepaid minute plans.[47]

On the Google offered T-Mobile network, an unlimited usage plan is $2,448.76 for the first two years, whereas an unlimited use plan for two years with an iPhone is $3,799. (Both prices include phone purchase costs but exclude taxes and fees.)[48][49][50]

The Nexus One is thinner than the iPhone and can be synchronized with all Google applications,[51] such as Gmail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar. iPhone can be synced with Google services, Yahoo! services, those of Apple's MobileMe and has extensive support for Microsoft Exchange.

iPhone can be synced with iTunes which provides the interface to transfer media such as music, video, podcasts and audiobooks to the device. The Nexus One can be synced with Doubletwist which is a media-syncing program open to many devices but the program has most notably been hailed as the "itunes for android".

iPhone has direct access to the iTunes Store directly from the device allowing users to purchase and download free content such as music, video, podcasts and audiobooks. However the Nexus One does support purchasing from the iTunes rival Amazon MP3 store, which also offers DRM free music. Although the Nexus One does support DRM free media purchased from iTunes, there is no way to access the store directly on the device. iPhone users have access to apps downloaded from the Apple App Store which as of January 15, 2010 has at least 133,979 third-party applications[52] officially available.{{cite web|url=http Nexus One has access to the Android Market which as of December 2009, there were over 20,000 applications available for download in the Android Market.[53]

The Nexus One is the first smartphone to beat the iPhone 3GS in CNET's comparison show, Prizefight.[54]


  • Full support for push email, calendar, and contact sync when working with a variety of Microsoft Exchange Servers is not included in the currently shipped Android operating system,[55] however third party applications with better support, such as TouchDown,[56] K-9 Mail[57] and Moxier Mail,[58] are available from the Android Market though users are charged additionally for them. Full exchange synch is NOT available for free unlike on the iPhone, Windows Mobile or other smartphone operating systems.
  • The Nexus One reportedly had problems with 3G connectivity and touchscreen at launch.[59] Updates have since been issued for the operating system, including the addition of multi-touch capabilities in the Android web browser and Google Maps functions. While the updates have reportedly also somewhat improved 3G connectivity, it is unclear if user complaints are the result of a deficiency with the device or the carrier networks' 3G coverage.
  • At launch, Google only provided support through its online services, and customers could only ask and receive help by email.[60] On February 8, 2010, Google launched a Nexus One order support line.[61][62]
  • Goldman Sachs slashed their estimates for sales of the phone in 2010 by 70% due to the half-hearted marketing efforts by carriers.[63]


According to Andy Rubin the next Nexus series phone will be targeted for business users and may have a hardware keyboard.[64]


A trademark application for the name "Nexus One" was filed by Google, Inc. on December 10, 2009.[65] The Nexus One trademark was filed in International Trademark Class 9 for "Computer & Software Products & Electrical & Scientific Products" with description of "Mobile phones".[66] On 15 March 2010 it was announced that the application had been declined due to the mark already being granted on December 30, 2008 to Integra Telecom. [67]

On December 12, 2009, Google confirmed in a blog post that they had begun internal testing of the device.[68] Google stated that a "mobile lab device" had been given to its employees, at this time Google had not yet confirmed that a device would be sold to consumers. Wireless phone and data services for the device were not activated nor billed to Google; it was up to the employees to activate and pay for wireless service on their own.[69]

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|The Nexus One booting]] Nexus One is a cell phone from Google that uses the Google Android operating system.[1] It was made for Google by the HTC Corporation.[2]

Technical information

The cell phone has a 1Ghz Qualcomm CPU, along with 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM. It has a 5.0 megapixel camera, with Bluetooth and GPS. It runs the Google Android 2.1 OS.[3]

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