Search giant Google to unveil its first phone
FOR months, the technology world has been gossiping about Google's most closely guarded secret -- the arrival of its first very own mobile phone.
Despite the growing anticipation of a smartphone rumoured to be capable of challenging the iPhone's market dominance, no previews have been given and leaks about it have been few and far between.
Tomorrow the clamour will end when Google reveals the Nexus One, its touchscreen phone named after the 'replicants' in the film 'Blade Runner'.
The phone, which uses Google's Android mobile phone operating system, marks a significant step for the search giant that, until now, has offered phones only in partnership with other companies.
Reports suggest that the Nexus One will be sold online at around $500 (€350).
While the phone is manufactured by the Taiwanese company HTC, Google has taken the lead in designing its hardware and software.
Reports suggest that the Nexus One has a slightly larger screen than the iPhone, an exchangeable battery and offers the option of adding a memory card. Consumers will be able to access the web, play video games and use Google's free GPS navigation software.
It will also have a five-mega-pixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. (© The Times, London)