According to Google Mobile Blog, Google has recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and Google shared this device with Google employees across the globe to test out the new technology and help improve it.
The Google Phone is called the Nexus One and is being manufactured for Google by HTC Corp. Unlike other Android smart phones currently on the market, Google rewrote most of the operating system to deliver a unique user interface.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to start selling the handset, but direct to consumers rather than through network operators. It will launch in early January, 2010. It will be running Android 2.1. [via]
The phone has a super high-resolution OLED touchscreen, is thinner than the iPhone, has no keyboard, and two mics. The mic on the back of the phone helps eliminate background noise, and it also has a “weirdly” large camera for a phone. And if you don’t like the touchscreen keyboard, a voice-to-text feature is supposed to let you dictate emails and notes by speaking directly into the phone. [via]