Rumor: Google Unveiling Phone Next Week
The New York Times reports that Google is holding an "Android press gathering" on Jan. 5. The search giant isn't saying much more than that, but the Gray Lady suggests that "by all appearances this will be the unveiling of the Nexus One." (See Google's 'Mobile Lab' .)
The Nexus One, you may remember, is widely rumored to be the first Android phone that Google will sell under its own name. Otherwise, the Nexus One shares much with current Android models -- it is made by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) and will run on T-Mobile US Inc. 's 3G network. (See Meet the New Google Phone.) The key difference is said to be that the Google phone won't lock users into a two-year contract with one carrier, like the majority of phones sold in the U.S. It is not yet clear, however, whether users will be able to move the Nexus One onto the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) network.
The invitation from Google doesn't mention the Nexus One though. The firm instead continues to push its Android mobile operating system: "With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we've seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what's possible."
So we won't have to wait long to find out what Google is planning next for Android.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung