Google Confirms It's Testing a Google Smartphone
Article by George Norman
On 14 Dec 2009
People tend to call phones powered by the Android operating system Google phones. In the future there will actually be a smartphone made by the Mountain View-based search engine giant Google. The company has officially confirmed that it is testing a mobile device internally, but did not provide any other details.

“We recently came up with 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, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it,” announced Vice President of Product Management with Google, Mario Queiroz.

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Google employees have been given the device to put to the test and see how it fairs up. This way Google can get quick feedback and suggestions on how to improve the smartphone. And if there are any problems, it can rapidly fix them. All this internal testing is called dogfooding – according to Queiroz, Google is keeping it all under wraps.

“Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet,” added Queiroz.

Nothing is official yet, but according to ZDNet, this is the Google Phone’s spec:
  • Google Android 2.1 OS
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 320MB RAM and 512MB ROM
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi (with router capabilities)
  • 3G with HSDPA and EDGE/GPRS
  • Bluetooth, USB
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 5 Mega-pixel camera
  • MicroSD card support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The upcoming Google Phone will apparently be called Nexus One and will supposedly look like, well, just take a look at the image below (more images over at Engadget). Oh, it will probably be rolled out next year and will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $500.





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