Chocolate Factory eats crow on Googlephone
Nexus One bows to carrier might
When Google uncloaked the Nexus One and started selling the self-styled "superphone" through its own online store, the company insisted it wasn't competing with Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and all those other those partners selling all those other Android phones. But it appears that these Android partners have since convinced Google that such talk was indeed nonsense.
On Monday, Google not only said it will sell the Nexus One through partner retail shops in Europe, it also indicated it no longer intends to launch a version of the phone for Verizon's American wireless network.
The day the Nexus One arrived, the scuttlebutt was that Verizon - like Motorola - was less than pleased with Google's decision to sell its own handset, and now, we can only assume that Verizon and Vodafone, Verizon's part owner, have forced the web giant to eat some crow.
This may have something do with the fact that the Nexus One isn't what you'd call a top seller. Estimates indicate Google has unloaded a mere 500,000 devices since the launch on January 5. But on launch day, Google said it would be "would be happy to sell about 150,000" devices.
The idea, the company said at the time, was to create a "revolutionary" new channel that would make it easier for the world to buy smartphones - regardless of how many devices it sold in the short term. But less than four months later, the company is reading from a very different script.
"Our partners have played an amazing role in making Android successful, and the Android ecosystem has grown faster than our most optimistic expectations of even just a few months ago," the company tells us. "By working with Vodafone and other operators in Europe, we’ll be able to get more Nexus One phones to more people more quickly."
In January, Google wasn't concerned about the health of the Android "ecosystem." At least, it didn't claim to be. It painted its online store as something that would operate alongside existing channels, not just in the short term but for many handsets to come. "Nexus One belongs in a class of device, which we call, superphones," vice president of product management Mario Queiroz said that January morning.
"It's the first device, the first phone, which we will bring to market with our operator and hardware partners from a series of devices...You might be asking how are we going to bring this product to market. Well, today, we're also pleased to announce a new way for consumers to purchase a mobile phone through a Google-hosted webstore."
Android project lead Andy Rubin said that existing partners like Verizon were willing to join this webstore for certain "efficiencies." Google's direct model would cut out all sorts of overhead wireless operators are just dying to cutout. "[Operators] just want to sell service plans," he said. "This [web store] enables them to reach consumers very efficiently."
Well, now even Google is awful close to acknowledging that this was just talk. "We have decided that the best and fastest way to get Nexus One into the hands of European consumers is through our partners," the company said today. Note the word "best."
And this admission is born out by that fact that in addition to offering the Nexus One through Vodafone shops and other retail stores in Europe, the company is not selling to the Continent through its webstore - and it has apparently reversed plans to offer a CDMA-based Nexus One on Verizon, the largest US carrier in the US, with roughly 90 million subscribers.
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I don't hate you for it...you've got something that works for you, and I've got something that works for me.
I've never seen the point of all the antagonism between people who swear by the iPhone, and those who favour Palm, or Android, or Symbian. Buy what you want to buy, use whichever you prefer. Yes, I'm a confirmed Android diehard fanboi, but I'm not going to rubbish devotees of other products.
Desire is better
I suppose this is the problem with not being an Apple with a closed system - they cannot use their clout to stop competitors producing a better product. I would have bought the Nexus... If not for the Desire being the better phone, and they are both made by HTC so you wonder how much HTC used their knowledge of the Nexus to blow it away.
Desire versus Nexus One
The Desire has more memory and the Sense UI, the Nexus One is slimmer and has noise cancellation - there's no clear winner, personally I really dislike the Sense UI but it seems lots of reviewers seem to like it.
Desire for me too
I too was interested in the Nexus One, but having to purchase this phone from America was the issue for me. Import tax and postage for the nexus one brought the price to roughly £100 more than the desire.
The desire is a fantastic phone, I am well pleased with it.
Say what you like, the Nexus One is a decent smartphone, with a lot to recommend it.
I bought one primarily because it seemed that manufacturers and carriers were "dragging their heels" in delivering Android updates. Don't get me wrong, Android 1.6 and even 1.5 are very good, but I don't see why consumers should be locked into them, simply because of the Motoblur and Sense etc., addons.
Seems to me that the carriers and manufacturers would prefer that the o/s is static for the lifetime of the phone, sparing them the expense of recustomising and rolling out updates. What the Nexus One promised, it delivers: a well-designed and built handset, running "vanilla" Android - it does everything I need it to do, and it represents (to me) value for money.
I don't need the glitz and empty glamour of a customised UI, I'd sooner have a handset that can receive updates in a timely fashion, but each to their own.
I'll keep using the Nexus One until the hardware cannot cope with the latest iteration of Android, using whichever sim-only deal represents best value at the time. When it finally dies or becomes truly redundant, I'll buy the best available sim-free Android phone that gets its updates direct from Google, always assuming that Motorola, Verizon et. al. haven't finally destroyed the platform in a fit of greedy pique.