iPod is not alone anymore as the most popular mobile phone in the cyberspace. Google, the popular Internet search engine has now joined iPod for a share of the smarphone market. With the market that has already been saturated with popular mobile phone brands from Nokia, Ericsson to Samsung, who knows Google’s own smartphone could even surpass the popularity of the iconic iPod.
Nexus One was released Tuesday, January 5, 2010 and was dubbed as the world's first Super Phone - a catchy name that would raise a million eyebrows especially by die hard iPod owners.
Similar to the latest waves of smart mobile phones, the Nexus One is as thin as the Mongol pencil, 59.8mm and has a height of 119 mm which is enough to be hidden inside someone’s polo pocket.
It has a built-in camera, a 5 megapixel autofocus 2x digital zoom with LED flash. What is noticeable though, as advertised, is its battery lifespan which could playback video for up to 7 hours and audio playback for up to 20 hours.
Of course, most importantly like the rest of the competitors, the Nexus One has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UMTS, HSDPA, HUSPA and GSM/Edge.
Nexus One though is not yet available in most countries said Wendy Rozeluk, a spokeswoman for Google Canada. The only countries in which it will be shipping are the U.S., the U.K., Hong Kong and Singapore.
Last year, 2009, a surge in smartphone ownership was reported by Forrester and expects that 2010 would be another year for market growth and competition.
For anyone out there who’s interested to know what smartphone is, Forrester has defined smartphone asa mobile phone or connected handheld device that uses a high-level operating system, including iPhone OS, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, PalmOS, WebOS, Symbian, and any flavor of Linux including Android.
Soon, it will be even more a tougher market out there and oh, by the way, did I say Blackberry is still the king of the smartphone castle?