"One question we asked ourselves some time ago was what if we work even more closely with our partners to bring devices to market which are going to help us showcase quickly the great software technology we're working on here at Google," Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google said. "We've done just that."
He called the Nexus One an exemplar of what's possible on mobile phones through Android and said the name, meaning point of convergence, is "where the Web meets the phone."
The most recent rumors of a phone that would be sold directly by Google surfaced in November, after employees began posting messages online about receiving the phones. At the time, Google said that it had indeed handed out phones to some employees but the company said the devices were experimental, meant to let workers test new features.
Google first announced Android in 2007 saying that it wanted to offer the industry a unifying mobile platform. It had complained about having to recreate mobile applications to work on each of the many wireless operating systems. Google said that Android -- which ironically added yet another platform to the mix -- could help solve that problem.
While Android got off to a relatively slow start, with just one phone model on the market for about a year, it has recently shown signs of posing a threat to Apple's iPhone dominance. There are now more than a dozen models of Android phones available.
On Monday, a ChangeWave survey showed that 21 percent of respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months prefer Android. That compares to 28 per cent who want an iPhone -- four percent fewer then when ChangeWave asked in September.
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