Google Voice applications plus regular phone apps are included on the Nexus One. Although there is a keyboard available, many users may find themselves using the voice recognition feature more often than not. Users can call up a person to e-mail, for example, speak the message into the Nexus One, which converts voice into type, and send the message with one click. Instant messaging and GPS apps work the same way.
The Nexus One will be sold—at least at the outset of its life—via the Web only. Google’s new Web store went online Jan. 5. Customers can choose between two options at this time: unconnected ($529) or a T-Mobile account with two-year services contract ($179). Verizon in the United States and Vodafone in Europe will make plans available sometime in 2010, Google said.
IT reporter David Needle gets a demonstration from one of the ubiquitous Google staff members, who donned lab coats on launch day. Google made sure to state that it —and not the manufacturer, HTC—is the retailer of record and will handle all distribution and warranties.