Google Nexus One phone

6 Jan

Google finally launched its first mobile phone last night after months of frenzied speculation.

The Nexus One, which uses software designed by the internet giant, aims to take on Apple’s iPhone, which is used by 25 million people worldwide.

It will be sold through Google’s website from today and initially be available on T-mobile in the US followed by Vodafone in the UK.

Direct from Google the sim-free handset will cost £331.

Full details of the Google-branded touchscreen handset – made by Taiwanese company HTC – were revealed last night.

Users will be able to browse the web, take photos, play games, access Facebook, use Google News and Google Maps.

The phone was unveiled by Google chiefs Sergey Brin and Larry Page during simultaneous webcasts from the firm’s headquarters in California and London.

The phone will use software Android 2.1 – also designed by Google. Mario Queiroz, Google vice- president for product management, described the unveiling as “the next stage in the evolution of Android”.

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