I suppose when Google gives something to every employee they’re not afraid of, perhaps indeed hope for leaks, in order to give an early promotion to their products. Google in a blog post say they consider their product “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”. Sharing this with employees from “across the globe” means “they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.”
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1; en-us; Nexus One Build/ERD62) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17
And what’s with the name, Nexus One? John Gruber writes, “Nexus is the brand name of the series of androids (a.k.a. replicants) in Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The story concerns escaped Nexus-6 models”. (Note Sony also called its Android interface Nexus.)
If you’re a Google employee, please email me some photos of the Nexus One!
Update: I asked Cory O’Brien, who shot above photo, for some impressions from using the phone. Cory says he doesn’t work at Google but his friend does, so he was able to play around with the phone:
I don’t have any details on specs, but I can say that the phone felt quick, as the OS was snappy and the touchscreen was just as responsive as my iPhone. Sliding page to page and clicking were all instantaneous. Also, while they were nearly identical in terms of external dimensions, the screen on the Google Phone was about 5mm longer. The phone itself was unbranded with the exception of a small etched Android character on the back, and had a super solid build quality feel to it.
The phone was brand new, so it just had all the standard Android apps. I didn’t notice any apps that stood out as being new/unique. (...) The X was part of the boot sequence.
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