News: Google officially reveals Nexus One

The Nexus One smartphone

The Nexus One smartphone

Search giant Google has officially unveiled the Nexus One phone after weeks of intense speculation. The touchscreen device was manufactured by Taiwanese company HTC and is available to buy from Google.com/phone from a limited number of countries.

At present customers in the US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong will be able to buy the device unlocked or as part of a network subsidised package. The phone is currently unavailable in Ireland and a release date is not yet known.

The Nexus One runs on Google’s new Android 2.1 operating system and houses the powerful Snapdragon processor inside. The phone also comes with a 5mp camera, a 3.7in wide display and ships with a 4GB microSD card which can be expanded to 32GB if required.

Google has become increasingly active in the mobile phone market since it helped establish the Open Handset Alliance, from which Android OS was developed. HTC has been quite active in producing Android-based phones however other companies – including Samsung and Motorola have been using the OS too.

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