Nexus One

First the confession. After breaking the screen on a Nexus One in one week flat, I’ve now done in a Motorola Droid X in record time as well.

An envious store assistant at a Radio Shack in Los Angeles had just been pawing it and telling me how much he wanted one. Five minutes later, after an encounter with a few drops of coffee – honestly, nothing much – the screen was kaput.

What is it with these big, dazzling screens? I may be ham-fisted, but mobile phones should be able to handle some rough wear. My battered MyTouch Android has taken much more of a licking and is still going strong (though its weak, 528 Mhz processor heart now beats so painfully slowly.)

Anyway, this is not slowing the advance of Google’s Android operating system, which is on a roll particularly in the US. Read more

There’s further evidence today that Google’s Nexus One has so far been a flop.

The phone barely registers in a comparison of the amount of internet traffic generated by the 11 handsets that use Google’s Android operating system:

(Nexus One is the narrow green line barely noticeable at bottom right). Read more

HTC, the Taiwan smartphone maker sued earlier this month by Apple for alleged patent infringement, said on Thursday that it “disagrees with Apple’s legal actions and will fully defend itself”.

The statement is HTC’s first official response to the lawsuit, but HTC’s statement reveals relatively little about the company’s planned legal strategy. HTC did not say how and when it would make a formal legal response to Apple’s suit.

The statement, however, did emphasise a long list of HTC’s technological ’firsts’ that predate the iPhone. Read more

One of the likely reasons that initial sales of Google’s critically acclaimed Nexus One smartphone have been disappointing is that Google chose to sell the device directly to consumers and tied its 3G performance to T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest US wireless network operator.

(As we reported, Google and HTC which manufactures the Nexus One, sold just 135,000 units in the first 64 days according to Flurry, the web analytics firm.) Read more

Nexus OneNaming mobile devices is a tricky business, it seems. The US patent office has rejected Google’s trademark application for the Nexus One mobile phone, on the grounds that Integra Telecom already holds a trademark for “Nexus”, covering telecoms services.

The name dispute adds to Google’s woes on a day that figures from Flurry, the internet analytsics company, suggest the Nexus One has been something of a flop in its first 70 days on sale, notching up only 135,000 units, compared to 1m iPhones sold by Apple in its  first 74 days, and more than 1m for Motorola’s Droid in a similar period. Read more

This is embarrassing. Last week I was putting a new Nexus One supplied by Google through its paces at the CES show in Las Vegas (more about that below) when… I dropped it.

Nothing new about that, I drop things all the time – I’ve dropped a MyTouch Android phone so many times the cover’s beaten and scratched.

The Nexus One didn’t come out of it so well, though. Below the glass, hairline cracks appeared. The image started to darken and wrinkle in places. A day later, it was unusable. That’s five days to destroy a $590 device. How am I going to explain that to Google? Read more

Amidst all the hype about Tuesday’s expected launch of the first Google Phone, there is one overriding question that has gone unanswered: what is the One Big Idea behind this device that is so compelling that Google thinks it’s worth risking its relationship with other handset makers over?

Just sticking a Google brand on an HTC handset doesn’t add up to much, particularly since some Android phones already carry co-branding.

Maybe Google thinks it needs more control over the overall experience and has had a bigger hand in the hardware and software design. But it has also worked closely with Motorola and others on previous Android handsets, so how new would this be? According to this unauthorised review on Engadget, it’s nice, but only really a sleeker version of the Droid. Read more