Google Finally Has Its Own Phone!

See that little thing up there? That is the first phone ever to be distributed as a Google device. Dubbed the Nexus One, this is not the first time the search engine giant has ventured into mobile territory.

In October of 2008, the company unveiled its open source Android software. What that 'open source' part meant was that Google would allow anyone to develop additional programs for the software and be able to distribute said programs through a digital App Store. It also meant that any company that wanted to use the software for their phones could have it for free (unless they wanted special additions from Google). This led to companies like HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung to create phones with the software. Android was also used for more things besides phones such as digital photo frames, e-book readers, netbooks and more.

Now in 2010, Android has accelerated rapidly into one of the most easy to use mobile operating systems, right next to the iPhone. Yet while Google always worked on the software, they never once had a phone of their own...until now.

The whole tech world is abuzz with Android fever now and just about every nerd is itching for a shot with the new device. And who wouldn't? Currently it is one of the most powerful devices on the market and it also has the backing from a company as gigantic as Google that sells it as their own. This is probably the biggest news in mobile technology since Apple unveiled the iPhone three years ago.

Speaking of the phone that everyone loves, what does the Nexus One mean for Apple (currently the leader in the smartphone race)? Well, it means they had better get their sh*t together and fast if they want to stay ahead because Google is gaining on them.

You can check out Engadget's review of the device if you'd like to know more.


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