It appears that Sprint will join T-Mobile in carrying the Google phone, except Sprint's will do 4G/WiMAX.
Engadget received some interesting new information on Sprint's (S) upcoming phone announcements over the weekend. Along with what is called an EVO 3D and EVO View tablet, Sprint will be doing their own version of the Nexus S built by Samsung. Sprint's version will be labeled '4G' and obviously also carry WiMAX radios.
Going to Sprint.com/nexus yields a Coming soon sticker (right), rather than a 404 error page which serves as a teaser. Expect and announcement at CTIA in Orlando in two weeks.
The move would be a coup for Google (GOOG) who initially expected to get its original Google phone, the Nexus One, on all of the major US carriers. Sprint opted for the EVO 4G at the time and Verizon (VZ) soon after opted for the Incredible. AT&T (T), (even though Google built and sold a phone for its network), refused to subsidize it, perhaps at Apple's(AAPL) insistence.
The Nexus S is a phone that Google currently sells through Best Buy (BBY). It is important because it ships without any carrier or manufacturer add ons or applications and is the first to be upgraded to new versions on Android. Users can expect to receive the "pure Google" experience.
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The new Google phone is now available to the general public. Will it fare better than its predecessor, the Nexus One?
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The hardware has only minor upgrades from phones released six months ago. The key is the untouched software.
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The multi-touch Maps application that Andy Rubin demoed last week will be on the Nexus S for official launch.
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Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.
Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day. That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM). That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up (though Canalys says Nokia might be at 325,000/day).
Google is closing in on an astounding 10 million phones per month. Recall that Apple just had its biggest quarter MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 8, 2010 11:45 PM ET
Android users have been waiting for the just released Gingerbread upgrade. But yesterday Andy Rubin leapfrogged them by demoing next-gen OS Honeycomb, and chatting about the time Google bit off more than it could chew.
The latest version of the Android operating system, Gingerbread, is barely out of the oven but Andy Rubin, who heads up Android for Google (GOOG), couldn't resist giving the audience at the D: Dive into Mobile MOREBeth Kowitt, Writer - Dec 7, 2010 1:14 PM ET
Adobe says that their Flash Mobile app is not only faster than HTML5 but it also uses less power.
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Google Nexus One's mission? To boldly go where human translators can't.
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Three competing speech recognition and translation technologies are vying to participate in the 'TRANSTAC project,' which will take a soldier's English, recognize the speech, translate it into Pashto and then spit MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 2, 2010 9:55 AM ET
Google stopped selling its Nexus One smartphone today, ending an era and leaving its Froyo OS in limbo.
Google last week warned that it was getting its last shipment of Nexus One phones in and true to its word, the store has now stopped selling the Nexus One smartphone today.
The stoppage presents a particularly interesting problem for Google. They no longer sell a device that runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). All of the carrier MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 21, 2010 11:57 AM ET
Google receives its last shipment of Nexus Ones
Google announced today that they would soon be closing the Nexus One store and would cease selling Nexus Ones to the public. Google (GOOG) would make additional Nexus One devices available to developers through its Android developer program.
Support will still be offered to Nexus One customers:
Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold MORESeth Weintraub - Jul 16, 2010 5:17 PM ET
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