Australian consumers and businesses will have to wait until an unspecified future date to gain access to Google's new Nexus One mobile phone.
The much-anticipated smartphone was launched early this morning (Australian Eastern Standard Time) at a press event at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters.
The phone is available in the US on T-Mobile's network or unlocked, and will also become available from Verizon as well as Vodafone in Europe.
US customers can buy the phone now on a new Google Web page, Google.com/phone for $US530 for an unlocked version. Buyers must use Google Checkout to buy the phone and must have a Google log-in.
A spokesperson for Google told Computerworld the company will be gradually rolling out the Nexus One to different countries in order to "gain user feedback internationally and ensure the ordering process works smoothly".
"The Nexus One also had to undergo certification in all countries we sell the phone in, and we wanted to ensure that the import regulations didn't make the phone prohibitively expensive," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Because of this, we decided to initially sell the Nexus One in three countries. We hope to allow people in other countries to purchase the Nexus One and future phones from Google soon."
The Nexus One website has a note for Australian visitors that says, "Sorry, the Nexus One phone is not available in your country".
The device, built by HTC and using the Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, has a 3.7-inch OLED touchscreen display with haptic feedback and runs a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
It's 11.5 mm thick with 512MB Flash memory, 512MB RAM and a 4GB Micro SD Card that is expandable to 32GB.
In terms of connectivity it supports:
- UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- HSUPA 2Mbps
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- A2DP stereo Bluetooth
The technical specifications (which can be viewed along with a 3D tour on the website) also state support for various image, audio and video formats including MP3 and MPEG-4 SP.
Google claims users will get 7 hours talk time and up to 5 hours Internet use using a 3G network. The 5-megapixal camera includes an LED flash and takes MPEG 4 videos.
The phone also has two microphones, one in front and one in back, enabling noise cancellation. That means when users are in a noisy environment, the background noise is cancelled out.
The trackball pulses light to alert users of events like new e-mails or text messages. The phone has light and proximity sensors, in addition to a compass and accelerometer. The light sensor will automatically dim the display when a bright light isn't necessary. The proximity sensor also dims the display light when a user moves the phone to the ear to talk.
In terms of languages the phone display supports: English (US), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Japanese, and Russian. Notably, Arabic is not included.
Additional reporting by Nancy Gohring (IDG News Service)