"Google stepped up its attack on the smartphone market on
Tuesday, introducing a new touch-screen handset called Nexus One
that is widely seen as a rival to Apple’s iPhone. Related
"Google also announced that it would sell Nexus One, which it
called a superphone, exclusively through a new online store
beginning Tuesday. The company, which earns the vast majority of
its revenue from advertising, said it was dipping its toes in the
phone retail business as a way to broaden the availability of
phones running Android, the company’s mobile phone operating
"Consumers will be able to buy the Nexus One for $529 unlocked
or for $179 with a two-year calling plan from T-Mobile. Google said
that the Nexus One would be available on Verizon Wireless in the
United States and on Vodafone in Europe later this year. It said it
hoped to add other devices and carriers to the direct-to-consumer
program in the future."
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