At the same time, T-Mobile, through an internal memo, has confirmed, unofficially, their role in the Nexus One cell phone saga. Based on the memo, T-Mobile will be the carrier of choice. It looks like Google is giving T-Mobile, who was the first carrier to have an Android phone, a first chance at the Google Phone as well.
The timing is interesting. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins on January 7th. Google's announcement threatens to take attention away from CES, much as Apple did in 2007 when they upstaged CES with the announcement of the first generation iPhone.
Will Google be able to pull off the same feat? The iPhone had been burning up the media "airwaves" for months. The HTC Nexus One or Google Phone has been doing so for about a month (or less), unless you count the original Google Phone rumors when Android was first announced. It's not clear that Google can upstage CES, but we'll see in about a week.