Google’s Phone Store Won’t Sell Phones Anymore

Well that didn’t take long. Google’s first dance as a phone store will soon come to an end. They announced today that the Nexus One will now be sold in retail stores instead of online. Many people did not like this move by Google and it’s been proven now that is was not a good choice.

Google Points The Finger at T-Mobile

Looks like Google is busy at work investigating the 3G issues with the Nexus One that a lot of people are experiencing. Their results showed that the issue is weak T-Mobile 3G coverage. They also found a bug in the software and are currently testing a patch that should fix the issue. The patch will come in the form of an OTA and could be released as early as next week. [caption id="attachment_4993" align="alignnone" width="284" caption="Picture is from"][/caption]

Nexus One Unboxing by Ninjas with Swords

Yes, we know the Google Nexus One has been the shiny star of several unboxing stories since December of last year. But believe me when I say this is not just any unboxing, it is actually by far one of the best I’ve ever seen in my life. We all know how deep emotions run through us when we are about to get our hands on a brand new gadget. Apparently, that is the case with these three ninjas. As you will see on the stop-action video - which by the way was sponsored by Google - below, three tiny ninjas fight over the Google Nexus One phone after unboxing it. Unboxing is just a mild word, these tiny ninjas actually destroyed the box where the Android handset was. Next, they begin to reveal some of the accessories and the smartphone itself. But don't let me spoil the fun, just watch the clip and let us know what you think about it. [youtube][/youtube]

Google Nexus One Available on January 5th, And More Sightings in the Wild?

So more news keep on trickling down about the already famous Google Nexus One smartphone. It feels like rumors, sightings and people playing with the device will keep on coming, and we all are in for the ride, no matter what. After all, we all want to find out more about this new Android device, right? Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, has posted on his twitter account that he has “inside info” on a January 5th 2010 release for the Google Nexus One. Not only that but he is also claiming that the Nexus One will be release across the pond; in Europe. O’Brien does not say anything about the price, but he says that “it’ll be very competitively priced” but unfortunately for many, the Android 2.1 device will not be available for preorder. Well, enough of that, let's get to the most important thing; the sightings. Not that finding out about a release is not important, but really, O’Brien's claims are not enough proof, but the picture above is. Nick Starr claims on his twitter account that there were two people behind him in line at a Safeway with Nexus One phones each. He even claims that he played with one for a second, and the phone is "way thin and cute." A few minutes later, this time inside a Starbucks on Church/Market, he caught on camera his second Nexus One phone sighting. What do you think folks? All this twitter and frequent sightings of the Google Nexus One seem to give us more confidence that this new Android device will be hitting the shelves pretty soon. Are you planning to get one?

Google Nexus One with T-Mobile Support and Android 2.1

There is no doubt that a Google Phone is in the mind of everyone this days, over the weekend there was a leaked picture of the phone, confirmed as the Nexus One. And although Google said it was an in-house testing device, everyone is still Google phone hungry. As you can see on the images above, this Nexus One is on the T-Mobile network, and the WiFi radio seems to be active. The device looks like an HTC phone, although there are no HTC markings, and it appears to be running Android 2.1. And if you are wondering about the tape on the back, apparently, it is covering a QR code. The Nexus One has a new grid icon at the bottom of the homescreen, which if pressed, brings up a webOS card-style preview of all homescreen pages. Now that's interesting! Also, inside the packaging, you'll find documentation that points you to a "questions" page at If you click on the link, you'll notice the page is a dead end, for now anyways, but you have to wonder, what if. [Via SlashGear]

The Gphone aka Nexus One Could be Just Android Dogfood for the Holidays

The Google Phone is a great mystery, Google themselves have denied about making hardware, saying that they are not in the phone-making business. But many people keep on waiting for the myth called Gphone, and it is believed to arrive by next year. And now, Google admits to handing out phones to their employees for testing. Yes, you read that right, Google confirms to be testing "in-house", some new hardware from a Partner that runs on their free mobile OS. So it appears that they are just experimenting with some new product, a new Android phone, perhaps, but, is not Google's hardware. And that's about it, they are not letting anything else out of their mouths. Here's what Google's official blog has to say on this:
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.
So, whether or not is the Gphone or the Passion, we can be sure there's something new coming from Google pretty soon. Until then, dogfooding is on at Google's campus, and they will not share any details. We will have to wait for the dogfood diet to be over. [Via eGether]

According to “Well-Sourced Rumors”, the GPhone is Coming Next Year, But Maybe as a Data Only Device

Well, place this one on the maybe, maybe not section, or rumors section, if you will. But according to "well-sourced rumors", the good folks over at TechCrunch reported yesterday that the famous Google Phone was in fact coming in 2010. Today, they have an updated post on the same topic, but saying that the GPhone might end up being just a data-only device with VoIP. We thought all this rumors were over last time when Google’s Andy Rubin, head of the company’s Android development, said that Google was not in the phone-making business. But yesterday's post at TC ended with: "That’s all we have for now. We don’t yet know what the device will look like, how big it will be, or even if it has a physical keyboard. But we do know that Google is getting into the phone building business directly, and doesn’t seem too concerned about competing with all the other device manufacturers building Android phones." Today, the possibility of Google not “competing with customers” by launching their own device, seems a little more logical, since, "technically, it may not be a phone." According to TC, "The GPhone may be a data only, VoIP driven device." They're also claiming talking with a person who hinted towards AT&T to be the provider of data services for the Google Phone. The truth is, no body knows exactly what the future is bringing, or if Google will ever enter the phone market with actual hardware. But it is exciting to read about the rumors that show us the endless possibilities. Head on to the comments section and let us know what is your take on this matter.

Google: We don’t Make Hardware, so don’t expect a GPhone anytime soon

As we know, or at least most of us anyway, there have been rumors of a Gphone for a long time. And there has been actually no Gphone so far, just phones and other devices running Google's Android OS. Google has confirmed that they don't make hardware. According to Tom Krazit from CNET, "Google's Andy Rubin, head of the company's Android development, would like to clear something up: Google is not in the phone-making business." So there you have it folks, apparently, Google will not compete with its customers by releasing its own phone. Which many believe is the right path for the company. Rubin, besides making clear that Google doesn't make hardware, also said; "We're enabling other people to build hardware." The vice president of engineering for Android at Google also joked at why Google should not be making its own hardware. He gave the example of Google advocating for the infamous hinge design on the G1. He said that specific design wasn't popular with reviewers. Rubin also said that at this moment, the company does not seem prepared to make a shift in Google's business model.

HTC Lancaster Android phone for AT&T

AT&T is getting an Android-powered phone after all. Behold the HTC Lancaster with a striking resemblance to the HTC Magic when closed and looks a lot more like the Touch Pro in form factor for a QWERTY slider than the T-Mobile G1. According to the leaked slide on Engadget, the HTC Lancaster feature quadband EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a "unique HTC social messaging user interface". The display is oddly only 2.8” and not 3.2” with QVGA 240 x 320 pixels. The battery size is 1,350 mAh. The targeted availability date is August 3. The price of the HTC Lancaster for AT&T is still forthcoming.

T-Mobile employees clueless about the G1

It appears that many T-Mobile stores tell customers that they do not sell the G1 because they are out of the 3G coverage area. Although all of the stores may have the large posters of the G1 and even a demo model many are saying they don’t sell them, when in reality you can purchase one wherever you are located within the US.

Whether or not the employees are well informed or not, the store may not have them in stock, but they can order one for you. Many people have been turned away which in some cases persuade the customer not to even bother trying to get the phone when it is as simple as ordering it. Neil Gaiman was a victim of the ignorance of others, writing about it on his blog. It strikes us as odd to read that the employees did not seem to know what it was they were talking about.
“I opened the Google window and found myself looking at an advert for a G1 phone. A couple of clicks later I was on the T-mobile website, checking prices and thinking, "Well, I do need a new phone..." But randomly buying a phone I haven't even held seemed like, well, something that I couldn't imagine myself doing. I wanted to hold it. I wanted to know the specs and such, so I put dog in the back of the car and drove to the local T-Mobile shop. I knew I was in the right place because there were huge posters everywhere, some bigger than I was, all advertising the new t-Mobile G1. "Hello," I said, like a man entering a cheeseshop. "I'd like to play with a G1, please." There was a man and a woman behind the counter. They said they were sorry but they didn't have a G1 for me to play with. "When will you get them in?" "We won't get them in." "No?" "No." "Look, are we talking about the same thing? G1 phone. The one on that poster. And that poster. And that one..." The posters were staring at me from the counter. They were all around me. "No. We won't sell it. We're out of the range and the Google and things that the phone comes with, they won't work on it." I pulled out my phone, a Nokia N 73, with a T-Mobile SIM card, that happily spends much too much time on the internet doing, er, Google and things. "But this works here..." "The G1 won't work. It won't do the Google here. So we aren't allowed to sell it." "But...." I tried to think with this. then I said, "But you have posters." I gestured at them. All pictures of the phone in question, extolling its virtues and explaining that you could only get it here. "We're a T-Mobile franchise. They send them to us. That's what we have to put up. The posters they send." "Well, can we talk about the G1 specs?" "We don't know them." The man and the woman behind the counter seemed very sad about this. The man added, wistfully,"We don't even know the price." I knew the price, from the website earlier, and I felt guilty about this. "They have them in the Twin Cities," said the woman. "You could buy one there." "But if I buy it there, it still won't work here?" "No," she said, with sadness and with, I suspect envy in her voice. "but they sell it." There was a bit of a pause. I think I may have said, "Sorry about the posters," as I went out, or I may have just thought it very loudly. They all had pretty pictures of the G1 on them, a phone I don't think I'm going to bother getting.”
[Via Neil Gaiman's Journal]
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