MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Google (GOOG) is set to lift the curtain on its own phone -- the Nexus One -- at its California headquarters Tuesday, turning up the heat up on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.
Early reviews of the first Google-designed phone, made by HTC, have been favorable. The design is ultrathin -- less than a half-inch thick -- and the big touchscreen is brightly lit by LEDs. The action is quick, powered by a fast Qualcomm (QCOM) SnapDragon processor.
|Google's Nexus One|
Google plans to sell the phone online and through T-Mobile, the U.S. wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT). The estimated price of the phone is around $500 by itself and about $199 with a two-year service contract.
From the get-go, the notion of an unlocked Google phone would seem to trample on the toes of partners like Motorola (MOT), Samsung and even HTC. But according to analysts, from Google's standpoint, there has been some frustration with the current crop of Android devices and the lingering inferiority to the iPhone."The goal behind the Nexus One is to try to demonstrate the true potential and capability of Android phones," Macquarie analysts wrote in a research note Monday. The analysts, however, don't expect Google to continue churning out subsequent models and instead view the Nexus One as a one-time hardware venture. Still, a supercharged Google phone debuts at a time when Apple has been enjoying its third year of success with the iPhone. But three years with the same design is a long time in the gadget business, and every bright shiny device with a load of buzz is a potential threat.
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