Google Nexus Two will be 'aimed at business users'
A follow-up to Google's new Nexus One mobile phone could have a physical keyboard, says Google
The next version of Google's Nexus One mobile phone will be designed with enterprise users in mind and might have a physical keyboard, said Andy Rubin, a vice president of engineering at Google and a key figure in the development of the Android operating system.
Reuters reports that Rubin made the comment during an interview with Walt Mossberg, a well-known technology journalist, at an event organised by his newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
The Nexus One, which went on sale in the US last week, is seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone. The device, made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, boasts high-speed web browsing and speech recognition for dictating emails and text messages, and runs Google's Android operating system.
But a business edition of the Nexus One could also help to pit Google's flagship device against popular corporate devices, such as Research in Motion's BlackBerry range.
An enterprise version of the handset would need to offer enhanced security options and Microsoft Exchange support, among other features, and would likely need a slide-out Qwerty keyboard for those business users who prefer tapping out emails on a physical keypad rather than the virtual keyboard favoured by the Nexus One and other similar devices.