Wired: Google launches yawn-inducing ‘Nexus One’ iPhone clone two years late

“Congratulations, Google. You’ve spent untold millions of dollars to produce another iPhone — two years late,” Fred Vogelstein writes for Wired. “That about sums up the company’s Nexus One phone launch today.”

“The Nexus One is as ‘me too’ a product as they come,” Vogelstein writes. “Sure, for the moment, some functions are better on the Nexus One than the iPhone — speech recognition for all apps, better camera, video and application multitasking are the ones that caught my eye.”

“But it’s still effectively tied to the smallish T-Mobile cell phone network,” Vogelstein writes. “Google promises a Verizon version for the United States and Vodaphone for Europe in the spring. But that’s all Google would say. Given the power the carriers still try to wield over mobile phones, that’s almost like saying nothing at all.”

“Other quibbles: The Android app store is a fifth the size of Apple’s,” Vogelstein writes. “And the Nexus One lacks the convenience of being connected to iTunes.”

Vogelstein writes, “Meanwhile, Apple is getting ready to announce an entirely new iteration of its iPhone in three weeks — the tablet — that will likely make every other player in the market look like a laggard — again.”

Full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: And, lo, the dream dies again – nice and quickly this time, mercifully. Now, get ready for the future. Coming soon from Apple. As usual.

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.MacDailyNews Take, December 14, 2009


  1. I still can’t get over the Nexus One’s hideous default tiled wallpaper. That same background image shipped with Windows 3.1 and was called “Rivets”.  It was ugly in 1993, and it’s a complete abomination now.

  2. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this. While it pales in comparison with a current iPhone, it does represent a starting point, not a finish point. It embodies a major learning experience for the google engineers: something they can build on and learn from. Further iterations will surely reflect this. Given google’s deep pockets, there are surely more to come and probably more quickly and each will surely get better. iPhone has a fair lead, but that may dissipate quickly. The app store is a real barrier to entry to other players, but again if developers move to andriod because of the platform exposure than google may catch up to the point where it is a threat. Scoff at the moment, but surely don’t rest on laurels because they have a way of wilting and dying, just like apple almost did…hubris cometh before the fall.

  3. God the UI on that phone looks like crap. Google really can’t do user interface at all. WIll continue to ignore Android and look forward to iPhone OS 4.0, Apple Tablet, and in a few months iPhone and iPod Touch 4th gen.

  4. Brulek,

    I am an iPhone app developer and was an Android app developer until I tried to tailor my apps for umpteen different screens, hardware iterations, etc. Android is a mess already. I don’t need the headaches.

    I’ll keep developing for the iPhone platform which is handled by a company that understands developers, the need for consistency, and isn’t perpetually stuck in experimental beta mode floundering around skating to where the puck was several years ago.

  5. @dev

    apple control of app store is defintely a good thing: it ensures a basic level of quality. A bit like when atari controlled the games for its game console back when. At first the games were good but when it let everybody do it, it all went pear shaped in a big pile of crap.

    Seems google didn’t even make this phone anyway. They’re just marketing it. It was HTC.

  6. “Sure, for the moment, some functions are better on the Nexus One than the iPhone — speech recognition for all apps, better camera, video and application multitasking are the ones that caught my eye.”

    That’s funny. My iPhone G3 S does video just fine.

  7. One of the most overlooked features that Apple offers is XCode — which has been around for over 20 years in some form or another. This has made the App-revolution possible and graspable by the small developer. No one else has this tool for their app stores. XCode just doesn’t get enough credit for providing the underpinnings of the current mobile revolution.

  8. You have to give them kudos for trying…but seriously, I think that no matter what anyone comes out with, unless it can teleport you to work everyday iPhone came first and that is a point grabber nobody else can have. Sorry Google. Think faster next time.

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