Google Inc. reportedly announced that it will hold a briefing about its smartphone business at its headquarters this week even as there is news that the Internet search specialist may be unveiling a Google (News - Alert)-branded device, according to news reports.
The media received e-mailed invitations to the “Android Press Gathering” for Jan. 5 at the company’s headquarters in California.
The Android press gathering called by Google will be during the same week as the Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas. CES (News - Alert) is an annual event which is attended by several companies which are desirous of unveiling their new products.
Google’s Android phones can be used to browse the Internet and play video games besides including several features seen in the iPhone (News - Alert) and other smartphones. Google’s free Android software has been adopted as the operating system on many smartphones which gives the Android phone their capabilities.
Reuters (News - Alert) reports said that Google may be introducing a new phone under its own brand name on Jan. 5 during the press gathering. Google’s new phone the Nexus One to be launched during the gathering runs on Google’s Android 2.1 and is assembled by HTC (News - Alert) Taiwan. The device will operate on the T-Mobile network and will be available online for around $500.
It was also revealed that the phone will be available for purchase from Google along with a contract from Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA. It may also be available in an unlocked mode enabling consumers to use the device with a carrier of their choice.
The Nexus One features the “proximity sensor” which will enable the user to hold the phone close to the ear. Usually this results in the pressing of keys unknowingly which disconnects the line in most cases. The sensor in Nexus One automatically deactivates the keys so that the call does not get disconnected.
Also, the mobile phone will feature a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash. The phone has multi-tasking and Google Navigation, Voice Search and other features. It may well be a suitable substitute for the iPhone, according to reports.Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney