Google July 16 said it has received its last shipment of Nexus One smartphones. Google will still provide customer support for current Nexus One customers, which began receiving Android 2.2 upgrades over the air in late June.
Google said it has received its last shipment of Nexus
One smartphones from manufacturer HTC and will no longer offer
the Android 2.1-based handsets when this batch is gone.
However, the company will still provide customer
support for current Nexus One customers, which began receiving Android 2.2 upgrades over the air in late June.
Customers will still be able to procure the
handset from Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea and local market retailers such as i Wireless in the midwest United States,
in a statement July 16.
Google will also be offering the Nexus One through a
partner for sale to registered developers, who may visit the
Android Market Publisher site
and log into with their developer account to
purchase a Nexus One.
Google began selling
the Nexus One solely online through a new Webstore
Jan. 5, eschewing the classic phone retail model where carriers
invite consumers into their stores to buy handsets.
The device, which Google itself designed from top to
bottom to stand for what the company wanted in a high-end smartphone, cost $529
unlocked or $179 subsidized by a two-year deal from T-Mobile.
Google also said Vodafone and Verizon would offer the
device, and Sprint later vowed
to sell it. Vodafone began selling the Nexus One April 30 in its UK stores,
online and over the phone, but Verizon and then Sprint backed out.
Google directed consumers
to buy the HTC Droid Incredible from Verizon, while Sprint said
it would focus on offering the HTC Evo 4G phone.
Both the Incredible and Evo 4G run Android 2.1 but have several other features the Nexus One lacked.
Despite assurances from Google CFO Patrick Pichette April
15 the Nexus One was a profitable business
for Google, weak sales prompted Google to decide
to close the Nexus One Webstore May 14.
Consumers simply didn't want to buy a phone sight unseen
or without hefting it in their hands. Google and pundits argue the device was a
success as it ushered in a whole new era of Android
devices, including the Incredible, Evo 4G and new Motorola Droid X.
The closing of the store concludes a chapter in the saga
the company is writing with its Android platform, which is shipping more than
160,000 smartphones daily, supported by 70,000 applications in the Android
Market application store.