Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD:  GOOG) on Tuesday introduced its anticipated
Nexus One smartphone, designed in close partnership with manufacturer HTC, at a
media event at its headquarters in Mountain
View, Calif. The
handset is available from today on Google’s website for $179 with a two-year
T-Mobile (NYSE:  DT) contract, or on its own for $529; the Nexus One will also be available
from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:  VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:  VOD) sometime in the spring.

The Nexus One
features a 3.7-inch OLED display; a trackball with multi-colored LED that will
be used for notifications; a 5-megapixel camera; stereo Bluetooth; and active
noise cancellation.

It will offer voice activation for all text fields on the
phone, including for creating email and Twitter status updates.

Multiple home
screens, a la the iPhone, will let users populate the device with icons for applications
they download from the Android Market.

Along with the Nexus, there are
currently some 20 Google Android-powered mobile devices, including the Droid
and MyTouch, available from 59 carriers in 48 countries.


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