The hottest tech news in the beginning of 2010 must be the launch of Nexus One smart phone by Google on January 5.
On January 7, I searched the Web for this new gadget. I could see the ‘latest results’ coming in every few minutes.
Nexus One runs on Google’s own Android operating system (OS). This is not the first Android phone, but it generates far more attention than its predecessor. This is by no means that Nexus One is better than those marketed by Motorola or HTC. Rather, Google’s strong brand makes all the difference.
Before the launch of the Google phone, people were asking, “Will it be the iPhone killer?” Now the product is out. Most reviewers think that Nexus One, while very good, still can’t dethrone Apple iPhone.
One advantage iPhone has over the Android phones is that the former has far more applications – more than 100,000 versus about 20,000. However, I suspect Android OS already has some of the most commonly-used apps. As far as average users are concerned, the difference hardly matters. Now, with Google coming into picture, the gap should narrow.
Expect Steve Jobs to respond aggressively.
Are you considering a Nexus One or iPhone?