A device that’s almost certainly an AT&T-compatible version of the Google Nexus One has been approved by the FCC.
Currently, the only version of this very high-end Android OS-based smartphone available offers full support for just T-Mobile’s network. Versions for Verizon and Vodafone have been promised, but this leaves users of other carriers out in the cold.
Follow the Dots
Both the Nexus One and the newly-approved phone are being made by HTC. And while the name of the product in question isn’t given, its model number is: 99110. The model number for the current version of Google’s smartphone is 99100. These are so close its seems very likely they are from the same series.
The FCC filing is for an unknown HTC device with support for AT&T’s 3G network, not the version of 3G used in Europe, so this isn’t the Nexus One Google promised for Vodafone.
Taken together, these add up to a device very, very similar to the Nexus One, but with full support for AT&T’s voice and data service.
In addition, since word that of this FCC approval came out on news sites, this government agency pulled the relevant documents off its website. It’s unlikely this action would have been taken if the filing had described a phone that had already been announced.
Does AT&T Approve?
Google is trying an experiment with the Nexus One. This smartphone is being sold only on the Google website, with T-Mobile being responsible just for providing wireless service. It’s quite likely the same deal has been arranged with Verizon and Vodafone.
It’s possible the reason Google and HTC are keeping so quiet about an AT&T version is this carrier won’t agree to Google’s terms. Nevertheless, Google can sell an unlocked version of smartphone with full support for AT&T’s wireless services without any input from this carrier. It will be up to customers to get service for this device.
It has a tablet shape with a 3.7-inch, WVGA, AM-OLED display and a trackball.
The Nexus One runs Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, making it the first to offer this combination. As it uses Google’s operating system, it comes with a suite of applications with strong ties to this company’s online services for email, calendar, navigation, and more. There’s also a growing collection of third-party apps.
It has 512 MB RAM, and this device comes with a 4 GB microSD card. Users have the option to expand this up to 32 GB.
The current version supports T-Mobile’s 3G service, and also Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with stereo support. It can be used for vice calls on AT&T, and connect to AT&T’s 2.5G network.
Other features include a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and digital compass.
The Google Nexus One with T-Mobile service is available now at www.google.com/phone. It is selling for $180 with a new two-year service contract, while those who choose to forgo the contract have to pay $530.