It’s official: Google announces Nexus One, runs Android 2.1 on T-Mobile

Surprise! Nexus One: Google's first smartphone, announced today
Surprise! Nexus One: Google's first smartphone, announced today
Surprise! Nexus One: Google's first smartphone, announced today
Surprise! Nexus One: Google's first smartphone, announced today

The worst kept secret of 2010 is more as today Google launched its long rumored, eagerly anticipated Nexus One phone at a press conference at its Mountain View offices. Dubbed a “superphone” by Google, it marks a major milestone in the cell phone industry.

It will be available for purchase for $179 (with 2-year contract) via a Google web hosted store (google.com/phone). An unlocked model is also available for $579. Nexus One will come to Verizon and Vodafone for Spring 2010.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, was on-hand as the manufacturing partner. Over the last 12 months, HTC has stormed the US market with several handsets running Android on multiple carriers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile).

Senior Product Manager Eric Tseng from Google dished up the technical details:

  • 3.7-inch AMOLED display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon
  • Multi-color notification LED under the trackball
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Light and proximity sensor
  • Five megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Stereo bluetooth and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Active noise suppression
  • Android 2.1
  • Custom 2-line engraving available
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