Google’s new smartphone could face a legal challenge before it is even launched.
Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of author Philip K. Dick who wrote ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ the novel that inspired the Blade Runner movie, said in an interview that she was “shocked and dismayed” by reports that Google is planning to name its new smartphone Nexus One.
Hackett, who oversees the licensing of materials for Dick’s estate, told The New York Times the name had “a very obvious connection” to her father's novel which tells the tale of a group of rebel Nexus-6 robots.
Hackett is taking legal advice on the matter. She said: ‘We were never consulted, no requests were made, and we didn't grant any sort of permissions.’
Two official documents refer to the device being named Nexus. One of these was issued by HTC, which is expected to make the device for Google. In addition, a patent application for the Nexus One has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Google is staying silent, but admits it has given some employees a new device to test out. Photos of the new device were leaked last week.
The new Google-branded phone will run on Google's own Android operating system. It is predicted to pose a serious challenge to the iPhone.
There is market speculation that the device will be sold unlocked and subsidised by advertising rather than by a network operator.