Google to launch an online store

That is, if they push through. You see, the internet search giant is eyeing an entry in online tablet selling.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal last Thursday, the company wants to venture in an online store to sell tablet PCs directly to consumers.

The store will sell tablets from Samsung Electronics Co. and Asustek Computer Inc. The report which cites anonymous sources said tablets that will be sold are those that have Google’s Android OS.

The company previously sold a smartphone, the Nexus One, directly to the consumers a couple of years back but decided to close shop after a few months for failing to live up to expectations.

Google has been heavily relying on their carrier and retail partners to market their Android smartphones from different makers. Their OS is the world’s No.1 smartphone operating system ahead of Apple.

Though the company still is has the most used operating system in the market, Apple still dominates the market for touch-screen tablet computer with their iPad. Amazon’s Kindle is based on open-source Android computer code, but it features a customized interface that does not use many Google services.

Google is considering subsidizing the cost of the future tablets to make them more competitive with the Kindle Fire.

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Google’s Nexus One tear-down

Credit: iSuppli

iSuppli says Google’s Nexus One actually contains around $174-worth of hardware. To estimate the bill of materials, the company broke down all of the phone’s components and  came up with a fairly simple breakdown.

The phone’s 1 GHz Snapdragon processor is the most expensive part, costing $30.50. The OLED display comes in second with $23.50 then the device’s memory which is $20.40.

The Nexus One’s touchscreen assembly comes in next, costing $17.50 and the camera with $12.50.

The MicroSD Card ($8.50), Bluetooth/wLAN ($8.20) and Battery ($5.25) rounds up the breakdown. The rest of the expenses goes to parts like electrical components, power management technology and other mechanical hardware.

Manufactured by HTC, the Nexus One costs $529 if you buy it unlocked or $179 if it comes with a two-year T-Mobile contract.

What do you think? Is the price worth it?


Quick Glimpse: Google’s Nexus One and Motorola’s Backflip

Yep, it’s the Android’s time to shine and shine they did at the CES this week.’s Mark Hamblen got the chance to try out the Nexus One, also known as the Googlephone (built by HTC) and Motorola’s Backflip and gives us glimpse on their notable features.

The Nexus One weighs 4.59 ounces and looks very chic in its silver finish. It has a powerful speech-to-text feature with high accuracy even in a noisy room.

The Nexus One also has the ability to use a video wallpaper with 3D images.

Motorola’s Backflip has a 3.1-inch touchscreen which can be propped up and a QWERTY keyboard that can be folded back behind the screen.

The most notable feature on this phone however, is the ability to touch the touchscreen from the back. According to the company, developers will be building apps to use the back touch functionality so that’s something we will have to wait and see.


Google to be sued for Nexus One name

Not even out in the market yet and just days-old after it’s unveiling, Google’s Nexus One is already facing a problem.

According to a report in the UK’s Telegraph, the family of author Philip K. Dick wants to sue Google for using the Nexus One name. Dick’s daughter even sent the company a letter on Wednesday telling them to drop the name of the new smartphone.

“In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel,” Isa Dick Hackett, the late author’s daughter, said.

Philip K. Dick wrote the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in 1968 which later on became the basis for the Blade Runner movie. It features a series of robots known as Nexus 6 models.

Google, according to the Telegraph, maintains that they based the phone’s name on the nexus’s common meaning which is defined as a “place where things converge”.

In addition to that, Dick’s family does not hold the trademark on the Nexus One name so I’m guessing this a trial they won’t win. But who knows? 😉


Its Qualcomm for the iPhone and Nexus One


Its another victory for chipset maker Qualcomm!

After Google announced last Tuesday that its HTC Nexus One “Googlephone” will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, announced that the Qualcomm will also be powering the new iPhones.

Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar confirmed this fact with the manufacturers and suppliers involved with the phone. Reps from both Apple and Qualcomm however, hasn’t officially confirmed this rumor.

According to Kumar, Apple has officially ditched Infineon which powered its iPhones on the AT&T network. A new Qualcomm chipset will now power the new iPhones coming to Verizon.

“It’s looking like Qualcomm is beginning to be the one to beat,” Kumar says.

Kumar, earlier today, also confirmed that Apple will not be utilizing Intel’s chips for its upcoming tablet computer and will be using chips from Apple-owned P.A. Semi.


Google Android event scheduled on Jan 5

Source: All Things Digital

Yes, its confirmed and yes, this might be the moment tech world has been waiting for.

Google has finally and officially announced that there will be a media event to be held on January 5 at the search giant’s Mountain View campus.

The event, which is an invitation-only soiree, will have a press conference and presentation, demonstrations and a question and answer session. The letters of invites sent to the members of the press doesn’t reveal much info regarding the event. The document’s title however, is pretty clear: “Please join us for an Android press gathering”.

Could this mean that the event has something to do with the much-rumored smartphone, dubbed the Nexus One, being developed by Google?

The invitation only states the following:

“With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation. And this is just the beginning of what’s possible.”

What do you think? Will Google finally reveal its big surprise? Hold on to your hats guys!


Specs for Google’s Nexus One leaked

With the technology today, its hardly surprising that even the most confidential data can be leaked to the public.

Take this latest leaked info from Google’s Nexus One  Android phone. Now, those who are craving for more info in this carrier-free Android phone can take their fill with the info on its specs.

According to the guys from These Are The Droids who analyzed the Android 2.1 ROM for the Nexus One, the new smartphone will have WiFi capability (of course), a noise-cancellation chipset, a proximity and ambient light sensor, a magnetic compass (cool), an accelerometer, a stereo FM speaker, OpenGL ES 2.0-capable graphics (that’s for you gamers out there), and references to an auto-focus camera with LED flash. There might also be a Snapdragon processor lurking inside.

The Snapdragon, for your info, is a super-powered processor that can clock in speeds up to 1GHz.

Pretty cool huh?

I for one can’t wait for this one to come out. 🙂


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