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Google enters smartphone battle with Nexus One

By C.J. CASTILLO
Jan. 8, 2010 at midnight
Updated Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:23 p.m.


This week Google entered the phone business by introducing its own smartphone, the Nexus One.

Rumors about the Nexus One had been swirling around the Internet for months, with many wondering if this contender would give Apple's iPhone a run for the money.

The Nexus One was revealed during a special launch event Tuesday at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google worked with hardware manufacturer HTC to develop the Nexus One device, which runs on the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 2.1.

One of the features of the Nexus One is voice recognition, which allows you to ask for driving directions and speak text messages, e-mails, Web searches and tweet. This feature also transcribes your voice mails.

This voice recognition feature is one I'm excited about. That being said, I still dream of the day when someone designs a smartphone that can make a ham sandwich.

Moving on. Another feature of this phone is noise cancellation. The Nexus One has two microphones (one on the bottom of the phone, the other on back), and the volume level adjusts based on background noise. So now you can make those calls from a noisy restaurant, and the caller on the other end will hear every word, much to the delight of your dinner date. (Don't do that.) But seriously, this is a great feature.

Other features of this phone include a GPS with turn-by-turn navigation through Google Maps, a user replaceable battery, 5-megapixel camera, and a 4GB microSD card which is expandable to 32GB.

The Nexus One is a slim phone, thickness is about 0.45 of an inch and it weighs 4.58 ounces. It has a 3.7-inch touch screen, and a trackball below the display, which allows you to navigate menus.

If you are interested in getting a Nexus One, it is now available through Google's online store at www.google.com/phone. You can purchase it unlocked and without phone service for $529. If you have service with T-Mobile, the phone is $179. Google said the Nexus One will be available on Verizon soon.

CJ Castillo is the interactivity editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can follow her on Twitter (@cjcastillo) or contact at cjcastillo@vicad.com. Please send all canned hams or correspondence c/o Victoria Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.

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