Feeds

Google to outline smartphone strategy tomorrow

Don't be evil and don't be Apple

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

All eyes are on Google, which is holding a briefing about its smartphone strategy tomorrow to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It is likely to focus on its own branded phone, the Nexus One, which is made by HTC but will showcase the newest features of Android and the Google user experience.

Although Google has said the phone will be a developer device, to stimulate the growth of the Android applications base, many analysts believe it will actually sell Nexus One to the public, potentially angering Android customers like Motorola (though not HTC, the Android market leader, which seems to be going back to its white label roots via this partnership).

Sources claim Google will even offer its phone via a subsidized carrier contract, with Android frontrunner T-Mobile USA. Leaked memos say that T-Mobile will only handle "billing, coverage, features and rate plans", rather than the phone itself, providing a 3G option for those who want a contract (from $79.99 a month for those paying $179 upfront for the handset). An unlocked version will also be available for $529, with the option to avoid a carrier contract by using Wi-Fi and VoIP.

While the new channel could help HTC fend off the new level of competition for its Android crown - with Motorola, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson all joining the fray - it is hard to see why Google wants to become a handset vendor, especially with a phone and carrier relationship that is strictly me-too (apart from the fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor).

More interesting would be a genuinely innovative design from Google, that could shift the industry goalposts Apple-style. Among the rumoured platforms is a 'slate', to steal thunder from Apple's (presumably) imminent tablet launch.

This article is taken from Rethink Wireless.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.