Google’s Phone Is Revealed: Don’t Underestimate The Nexus One
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The latest innovation from Google has arrived. It is the Nexus One smartphone, and analysts are already speculating that its introduction may be as revolutionary as the iPhone’s introduction in June 2007. The official website for the phone is up, though I’m not really impressed by it at the moment – the site does not integrate well with Firefox, at least at the time of this writing.
The most astounding and important feature of the Nexus One is its voice capabilities. A user can speak a search term, such as the name of a restaurant, and Nexus One will use GPS to find the nearest location and then give spoken directions on how to get there. The Nexus One is to speech what the iPhone is to touch.
The Nexus One could offer substantial competition to Apple’s iPhone. A recent survey said that the number of people planning to buy an Android smartphone in the next three months has risen to 21 percent from 6 percent. By contrast, the number of people planning to buy an iPhone dropped from 32 percent to 28 percent. Google is also not emphasizing apps as much as Apple does, preferring to rely on cloud services, which could appeal to some users. But only time will tell if apps or cloud services are preferred by the majority of smartphone owners.
Steve Jobs had better watch out. As amazing as the iPhone is, Nexus One has some very appealing features, especially its voice-to-text capabilities. It would not surprise me at all if Apple made some drastic improvements to their next iPhone in response.
Via Betanews, image via Google.