enough to satisfy CEO Eric Schmidt - but it seems its appeal as a developer device is stronger. The company has confirmed that the Nexus One is currently out-of-stock through its developer portal, with both Google and HTC having burned through their supplies of the smartphone. Google is blaming a "worldwide AMOLED shortage" for HTC's inability to produce Nexus One handsets quickly enough, but says that "Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves." No public timeline for that to happen, however.
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NexusOneHacks have a massively comprehensive tutorial showing how to get the usually desktop-bound OS onto the 1GHz smartphone. Usefully, the Ubuntu install doesn't wipe the original Android OS, but lives alongside it: the Ubuntu terminal runs in the background, while the Ubuntu X11 GUI runs as an app under Android's VNC client. If you're currently asking "why would I want to do this?" then you should probably stick to what's on offer in the Android Market, but if you've ever wanted a portable Ubuntu test server then here's your chance. A tutorial suited to the HTC EVO 4G is also promised. [youtube xN4c61ETCWg] [via BRG]
The Telegraph that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one." While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they "like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale." As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel "[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'." The CEO also touched on data security, saying "the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We're very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users." [via Neowin]