Friday, August 06, 2010

Nexus One survives as Google's developer phone

Google has always offered an unlocked model of one of its phones as a developer phone, and as of Thursday, that model is now the HTC Nexus One, which recently saw its online sales discontinued.

The Nexus One was, indeed, a failed experiment, but it was a powerful phone for its day (indeed, it seems strange to use that sort of language for a phone that's only seven months or so old). It's still powerful, in fact.

No more subsidies, however. Originally one could buy one and sign up for a two-year T-Mobile contract, and get a subsidy, but now it's just $529 (and a one-time fee of $25 for a developer account), no contract. It appears, as well, they are only selling the version that's compatible with T-Mobile's 3G frequencies (900/1700/2100 MHz).

The devices will ship with Android 2.1, but will prompt a user to install 2.2 soon after being turned on.

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