The buzz on the internet right now (including twitter) is about officially unconfirmed and unofficially confirmed Google Phone, which now has a name – Nexus One! A blog post from a Google executive on Saturday morning dropped hints that the company would release a Google Android phone of its own.

Quoting from Techcrunch:

Cory O’Brien, a San Francisco-based blogger, got his hands on one tonight and tweeted out that picture. He also notesthat, “Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android.”


Now, that’s a great news. If you are still wondering why, instead of a carrier like Verion/AT&T/Sprint offering this phone, Google is going to be offering it unlocked, and you will have to set it up with a carrier on your own.

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Unfortunately there are lots of versions flowing in, which kind of makes me skeptical if the existence of such a phone is actually true or not. Yes, biggies like TechCrunch & WSJ have confirmed it, but still the news is still based on what they have heard from couple of Google employees who were given a test device which is apparently the Google phone. As per TechCrunch, the device will be launched sometime in January 2010, i.e pretty close isn’t it?

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The phone is “really, really fast,” says someone who has seen one in action. It runs on a Snapdragon chip, has a super high-resolution OLED touchscreen, is thinner than the iPhone, has no keyboard, and two mics. The mic on the back of the phone helps eliminate background noise, and it also has a “weirdly” large camera for a phone. And if you don’t like the touchscreen keyboard, a voice-to-text feature is supposed to let you dictate emails and notes by speaking directly into the phone.

Now coming back to the name, Daring Fireball reports that it has seen a string called “Nexus One” in the user agent logs.

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1; en-us; Nexus One Build/ERD56C) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17

From the leaked specs, Google Phone does look exactly like the HTC Passion, obviously without the HTC logo.

Google Phone (Nexus One) – Leaked Specifications

Operating System: Android 2.1
Device Name: Google Phone
Manufacturer Branding: Google
Hardware Manufacturer: HTC
Carrier Unlock: Yes
Network: GSM
Chipset: Snapdragon Processor
Launch Date: January/February 2010
Display: High-resolution Capacitive multitouch OLED screen
Keyboard: Onscreen keyboard only.
Hardware Buttons: HTC Hero like Scrolly ball
Size: Thinner than the iPhone 3GS
Other: 2 mics, one in the front for talking and one at the back to reduce background noise.

More Nexus One Google Phone Pictures

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