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We are off and running with the launch of Nexus One
January 11, 2010
by Mark Ollig

The year 2010, or as some pronounce it, “twenty-ten,” has started off with a high-tech bang.

The excitement and chatter about the launch of Nexus One almost brought the Internet to a grinding halt around noon last Tuesday.

Google was presenting to the public their much anticipated cell phone/mobile device called Nexus One – a name which reminds me of the shampoo I used back in the day called Nexxus . . . but now, I am digressing – along with showing my age.

Some insiders have said Nexus One presents a valid challenge to Apple’s iPhone market dominance.

Nexus One uses Google’s software technology inside a slim lightweight gray case, along with hardware components from a company they are in partnership with called HTC.

The Nexus One official launch and presentation took place at Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, CA, which happens to be called, fittingly enough, the Googleplex.

Of course, this humble columnist was very interested, and so, in order to get the latest information and be a part of all the hoopla, I watched – in real-time – Twitter chats and Internet posts which mentioned “Nexus One” in their messages.

Here is something to try. Next time you are doing a search on Google; when you get your search results, click “show options,” then, on the left side-bar and under the title “Any time,” click “Latest.” This will display your search term as it is being chatted about in real-time over various sources on the Internet, some of which will come from users on Twitter.

The messages referring to your search will “drop down” on your screen as they become available.

If the message has an associated web link, you can right click on the link and open it in a separate tab or window without losing your real-time search window.

I use this method of searching over Google as a way of viewing information in real-time.

This is also a useful method for viewing your search terms for say, a breaking news story or any subject or topic you are interested in.

I like being able to feel the pulse of what others on the Internet are chatting about. I hope you will try this real-time method of Google searching sometime.

Meanwhile, as Google’s presentation began, Twitter’s flood gates were opened.

I watched tweet messages appearing at a rate of almost one per second from excited folks, (who we know are called “tweeps”) chatting about Nexus One as each bit of new information began to leak out.

I found myself caught up in the excitement and was sending and replying to messages directed to my “bitsandbytes” Twitter user name.

From my real-time search, I saw a message inviting people to view the Nexus One presentation as it happened live from an online web site called GDGT. A person from this web site was seated in a room at the Googleplex, along with other members of the press, to watch the presentation of Nexus One. This representative from GDGT reported back in real-time to his web site, so I was able to view his comments along with the pictures he was uploading from the event as it happened.

I just love seeing citizen cyber journalism in action.

GDGT reported Google Vice President Mario Caros as saying “The Nexus One is an example of what’s possible with Android [mobile operating system]. It belongs in an emerging category of devices we call ‘super phones.’”

Google’s Nexus One operating system uses the newly-released Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair) and the fast Qualcomm “Snapdragon” QSD 8250 1GHz processor.

The speech recognition feature allows a person to create e-mail by voice instead of typing. In fact, Google has voice enabled every text field on the Nexus One.

Nexus One has two built-in microphones, which allows for a background noise canceller, used to improve audio sound quality.

The touch screen is 3.7 inches wide, and the five mega-pixel camera even includes a LED flash. The Nexus One camera has the ability to stamp the location of photos taken by using its built-in Assisted Global Positioning System (AGPS) receiver.

The Nexus One phone includes video capture and provides up to seven hours of video and 20 hours of audio playback time. It comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, along with Bluetooth stereo and Wi-Fi network connectivity.

One thing which surprised me was the “retro” style clickable trackball the Nexus One has on it.

Google created a new web page for the Nexus One where it can be purchased fully activated using Google’s preferred network carrier, or ordered non-activated.

Their web page also has all the details and technical specifications. Check it out at google.com/phone.

Videos about the Nexus One have been uploaded to Google’s Nexus One YouTube channel: tinyurl.com/ycv8xpd.

To view the GDGT cast I was following, see: tinyurl.com/yclnnll, where you will find the entire presentation of GDGT’s “Live Google Nexus One Launch Coverage.”