Google replaced its Google Nexus One Webstore on Sept. 29 with Google Phone Gallery, a Website where users can compare three Android handsets.
Google on Sept. 29 opened its Google Phone Gallery, a Website where users
can compare three of nearly 40 Android phones side by side and navigate to
purchase them from carriers.
For the Google Phone Gallery, Google's product search technology lets users
slice and dice results by country (16 listed today), maker (Motorola, Samsung, HTC
and LG) and carrier (currently 35).
All the devices listed in the Google Phone Gallery are pre-installed with
Android Market application store, as well as Gmail, search and Google Maps.
Consumers may also search explicitly for devices optimized to use Google
mobile services such as those advertised by carriers as "with Google,"
including search, voice search, Google Talk, Google Maps, YouTube and the
Android Market application store.
These include Verizon Wireless' entire Motorola Droid line, the HTC
Evo 4G from Sprint and T-Mobile's myTouch 3G. Search
provides screenshots here
Perhaps the best part is the comparison engine Google offers to let users
compare technical specifications and features of three phones side by side.
Users may then click the links Google provides to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
and AT&T to purchase phones online.
Google will continue adding phones and countries as new devices come to
market, Android Product Manager Ben Serridge said
This Android phone gallery, which essentially replaces the Google Nexus One
Webstore, is something Andy Rubin, Google Android engineering head, promised
to bring to fruition after Google ceased selling
to the public.
While the Google Phone Gallery is clearly limited to "phones," it will be
interesting to see if the comparison engine evolves to include additional
Android-based devices, such as tablets and TVs.
Smartphone makers are also building Android tablets. Why limit the Android
device coverage to handsets? Only listing phones to compare impinges the goal
to make Android more pervasive.