Exclusivity Would Be a Bad Idea for Android, Google

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2009-12-26 Print this article Print

If Google was to release the Nexus One with any degree of exclusivity it could be quite damaging to not only Android, but Google's reputation. But we digress, as Engadget also provided more useful specification on the Nexus One.

The device has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and mechanical autofocus. It is thin, only 11.5 mm thick, and boasts 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD, which is expandable to 32GB. There is also a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display that should rival the fine Droid screen. The device will support HSPA 900/1700/2100, 7.2Mbp, rendering it usable on T-Mobile 3G.

Also, see a five-minute video walk-through of the speedy Nexus One here, as well as this great hands-on review from Gizmodo, the best "review" yet of the device in the early going.

Everyone has heard how fast the Nexus One is, but Gizmodo confirmed this, and noted that there could be a 1GHz processor being inside, blowing away the 550MHz Arm A8 in the Droid.

Also, while the reviewer notes that the Nexus One screen is comparable to that of the Droid in size and resolution: "The colors are much more vibrant and the blacks are blacker, as evidenced by putting both side by side and hitting up various websites and loading various games."

That's a useful distinction for discerning buyers, assuming Google lets people buy the Nexus One. Are you listening Google?  

Meanwhile, Simon Khalaf, CEO for mobile analytics firm Flurry told Bloomberg BusinessWeek that there will be 100,000 to 150,000 Android applications by the end of 2010.

The bad news for Android fans who love to stick it to the iPhone? The iPhone could have 300,000. The iPhone ecosystem boasts more than 100,000 apps, while the Android camp tops out around 16,000.

Customers win in that war. Why the quality of so many apps in either the Android or iPhone camp is questionable, the customers benefit from so many choices. At least, that's how the adage goes, if you cotton to it. 


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