“Google Inc. unveiled a new smartphone, developed with Samsung Electronics Co., along with a new version of its Android software as the Internet giant continues an assault on Apple Inc.’s iPhone,” Amir Efrati reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The move follows Google’s short-lived effort to market a handset called the Nexus One, which was released in January and discontinued in the summer,” Efrati reports. “The new model, the Nexus S, will be introduced in the U.S. in mid-December and sold exclusively at Best Buy Co. retail stores and on Best Buy’s website. It will cost $199 with a two-year T-Mobile USA contract, and be sold for $529 without a service contract.”
“Google licenses the Android software free to hardware makers such as Samsung. The company won’t make any money from direct sales of the Nexus S, a Google spokesman said,” Efrati reports. “Android is designed to ensure that Google’s Internet search, maps and other services will be a mainstay on mobile devices. The company sells ads alongside its Internet search results and helps place ads within mobile-device applications such as game. Two months ago Google executives said the company was on track to generate $1 billion annually in mobile-related revenue.”
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MacDailyNews Take: In related news, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Edsel S.
The only smartphone news that will really matter in 2011 will be Apple iPhone’s arrival on Verizon and the massive impact it will have on all players in the cellphone market: handset assemblers, carriers, resellers, chipmakers, touchscreen makers… everyone.