“Google on Saturday announced that its internal developers are using a new Android-powered phone that many Web sites have dubbed ‘Nexus One’ from its Internet browser identification string, but which many reports say is a variant of HTC’s HD2 phone,” Sascha Segan writes for PC Magazine.
“The nearly hysterical frothing about the ‘Google Phone’ overlooks a whole bunch of existing facts,” Segan writes. “The T-Mobile G1, after all, was a phone whose software was dictated by Google; it was a ‘Google Phone.’ Google has already sold two phones online, unlocked, to developers – the Android Dev Phone 1 (a G1 clone) and the Google Ion (also known as the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G.)”
Segan writes, “The barbaric yawp of desire from Twitter for the ‘Google Phone’ really comes down to another hot, trending Twitter topic last week – something called #attfail. The idea that gets everyone hot under the collar is that Google may sell a phone directly, magically compatible with all U.S. carriers, but somehow without the restrictions and bindings that U.S. carriers place on devices.”
Segan writes, “What this desire really comes from, of course, is Americans’ desperate wish (and it is all about Americans; the rest of the world doesn’t have this problem) to see the iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The endless hype and overwrought excitement over each successive “iPhone killer” has always cast a rosy glow over Apple iPhone’s future. Such rabid anticipation isn’t for whichever device is being anointed “iPhone killer” this month, nor is it anti-Apple sentiment in any meaningful amount, it really comes from people who lust after iPhone, but are stuck on iPhone-less carriers. Every time you see an article or hear someone talking up an “iPhone killer,” it’s an expression of iPhone lust. As we’ve seen in other countries where Apple has taken iPhone to multiple carriers, the constant “hysterical frothing” over
LG Voyager, HTC Touch, BlackBerry Bold, Samsung Omnia, BlackBerry Storm, Motorola Droid, “Google Phone” really signifies that there is much pent up demand ready to be tapped by Apple when they feel the time is right to make their next move.