Sprint has canceled plans to offer the Google Nexus One, a high-end Android OS-powered smartphone. Instead, the carrier is encouraging customers to get the HTC EVO 4G, an upcoming model that’s superior in several ways.
Nexus One, the first wireless phone sold through Google’s Web store, will not be coming to Sprint’s 3G Mobile Broadband Network given the upcoming availability of the award-winning HTC EVO 4G. Announced this spring at CTIA, HTC EVO 4G is expected to be available exclusively from Sprint this summer.
Not Just Sprint
The move comes about two weeks after Verizon announced that it also isn’t going to offer the Nexus One. Like Sprint, the carrier urged its customers to buy a similar HTC model that’s already in its lineup.
Although it has described the device as a success, Google hasn’t announced exact sales figures, and the general consensus is that the Nexus One isn’t selling well, which could be due to the way it’s being marketed. It’s not available in retail stores, only on Google’s website.
Google Nexus One vs. HTC EVO 4G
Given a choice, it’s likely most Sprint customers would pick the EVO 4G over the Nexus One. The upcoming model will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen, noticeably larger than the Nexus One’s 3.7-inch screen. And the EVO 4G will also be the first smartphone available in the U.S. with WiMAX.
Both run Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz processor. The Nexus One has Google’s standard user interface, but the EVO 4G will have the HTC Sense user interface layered on top. This brings a slightly different look and many additional widgets for the home screen, among other changes.
Both models have 3G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microSD memory card slots. Google’s model has a trackball, while the EVO 4G will not.
Pricing & Availability
Sprint has not yet announced exactly when the HTC EVO 4G will be released, though it said that the debut will be this summer. Unconfirmed reports say the launch will be within the first two weeks of June.
Official pricing information is also not yet available, but according to information leaking out of phone retailers, this model will go for $200 with a two-year customer agreement.
Those who prefer the Google Nexus One can choose from versions for T-Mobile or AT&T.