12/17/2009 10:22:00 AM
Google phone tested with its employees
Google confirmed on its official blog last week that it was testing a new mobile device with its employees.
Google is to sell a Sim-free version of the touch-screen phone, allowing consumers to pick a carrier of their choice, according to recent reports.
The device, manufactured by HTC, has a number of codenames such as HTC Passion, Dream and Nexus One. It could be available directly though the Google website as early as 5 January, according to one source.
The new device is likely to cause a stir with Apple and RIM, but will also affect other competing Android manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola.
The new handset does not have a Google logo on it, according to the Reuters website, but it will run on the Android 2.1 operating system and offer a 3.7-inch screen, WVGA AMOLED resolution, Wi-Fi, a five-megapixel camera, exchangeable battery and a memory card, plus utilities such as Google Navigation and Google Goggles.