On Saturday, the company revealed that it has been sending a test device from one of its hardware partners to employees to test out new Android features. Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at the firm wrote this on the blog:
We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.
So, it's not yet clear that the Nexus One is indeed the Google phone rather than just another HTC Android phone. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung