Google Winds Down Nexus One Sales Amid Android 2.2 Upgrade
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, Google said 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.
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.
Both the Incredible and Evo 4G run Android 2.1 but have several other features the Nexus One lacked.
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.