Developers Can Make Good Use of Unlocked Nexus Two

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2010-10-29 Print this article Print


This brings us back to the Nexus Two rumors. The first Nexus phone wasn't a commercial success, although it was a very good phone. The reason for the lack of commercial success is that Google's Web sales model gave the device little exposure; the phone wasn't available from carriers including T-Mobile despite the fact that the carrier was offering a discount. You couldn't pick it up and try it out, which many phone users find to be a critical part of evaluating a purchase. 

Except for developers and other committed Android enthusiasts, there seems to be little reason to name the new device the Nexus Two, since relatively few people remember the original Nexus One. But maybe it isn't the Nexus Two. Perhaps as some reports tell us, it's really the Nexus S. Considering the fact that this phone borrows heavily from Samsung's well regarded Galaxy S, this could make a little more sense. The reports are that the Nexus is likely a Galaxy S with a few extra features, like a front facing camera and a cool curved shape. 

What's probably more important is that the new Nexus Two (assuming that's the real name) will come with Android 2.3. Other rumors indicate that this would be a pure Android platform with no carrier add-ons and no extensions. In other words, it would be the next real developer's phone. This is where the rumors really make sense. As nice as the other model 2 phones are, they are loaded with carrier-specific features. The Nexus One is still a nice phone and it sells well in the used market, but it's getting long of tooth. 

What's really needed now is a phone designed to be used by Android developers. It needs to be unlocked so that developers can use whatever carrier is serving their location and of course it needs to be a GSM phone like the original because about 75 percent of the world uses GSM phones. But it also needs to be available in a CDMA version, something that was promised for the Nexus, but was never delivered. If that's what Google and Samsung are planning to deliver on Nov. 8, it'll be very popular, as long as it really does present itself as a real Android developer's phone and not just a gussied-up version of the Galaxy S.

Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazineÔÇÖs Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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