Several weeks back, the Nexus One was reported to be sold out from their online store, marking an end for Google in the device game. After that, the device was only made available on selected telcos in Europe and Korea.
If you’re an Android developer, you would be happy to know that Google is now offering the Nexus One as Google’s official developer device for US$529 which is roughly RM1700. You would need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on “Developer Phones”. You can register as a developer and it costs $25 to sign up.
According to the Android blog, the device is shipped with Android 2.1 and will be prompted to download Android 2.2 Froyo the moment you switch it on. Most likely these are the earlier batch of Nexus One that still uses AMOLED screen instead of Sony’s SLCD.
Being a developer phone, the key advantage is having the opportunity to try out latest revisions of Android as we’ve seen how Nexus One gets the latest Froyo update. So if you’re looking for one, your prayers have finally been answered.
Things have been happening very quickly since Google announced its change of strategy and the final batch of Nexus One to be shipped out. Well, good things must come to an end but its Android legacy shall live on.
UPDATE: Google Nexus One has been SOLD OUT for good
Google had earlier announced that they have the last batch of Nexus One for sale online, which supposedly spells the end of the device. The announcement must have triggered a rush for the device as Google now estimates that Nexus One will be sold out in 10 days. This could be your last chance to place your order if you’re within the listed countries eligible for the Nexus One.
As mentioned before, once this is sold out, you still can get the Nexus One from Vodafone in Europe and KT in Korea. Without a doubt, the Nexus One is a game changer for Android and it has become a benchmark for all new Android smartphones we’ve seen today. Google’s CEO has said that there won’t be a Nexus Two but who knows they might change their mind in future.