The Nexus One Review is now online over at engadget and, while there’ll no doubt be a collective groan from our readers as we mention this again, it marks a significant turning point for Google. A telling part of this review states that…
“Google is plunging head-first into the dangerous game Microsoft has adamantly sought to avoid all these years on WinMo: competing head-to-head with its valued (well, supposedly valued) partners.”
This is a big risk for Google and we’ll find out more later during the big press event, but it’s perhaps something that needed to be done. Already the “Open Handset Alliance” has allowed the Android OS to spread like wildfire on a variety of handsets but already Google have hit the “wall” – updating so many handsets running so many flavours of the OS is proving to be a time-consuming battle with networks all wanting their say.
Many of you will have no doubt experienced updates appearing for the unlocked handsets first, with “network variants” appearing much later or not at all. Google hopes to make their own handset that they can manage and control directly here – but this early review seems to suggest that the device isn’t the show-stopper we’d hoped..
“…the Nexus One is at its core just another Android smartphone. It’s a particularly good one, don’t get us wrong — certainly up there with the best of its breed — but it’s not in any way the Earth-shattering, paradigm-skewing device the media and community cheerleaders have built it up to be.”
Link – Nexus One Review (engadget.com)