02
Jul
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It seems the question of whether Google will be staying in the business of designing flagship Android phones has been definitively answered, and by none other than the man in charge: Google CEO Eric Schmidt. While there has been speculation for some time that a Nexus Two may never happen, Eric Schmidt has effectively confirmed that this is the case…(emphasis ours)

Initially, Google felt that they needed to build a device to help Android along so they worked with HTC to create the Nexus One handset. Schmidt says: “The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."

As a Nexus One user, I feel a little sadness when reading this comment; though, Schmidt has a point. The number of powerhouse Android devices available today is far greater than when the Nexus One launched. Fact aside that Google is not a handset manufacturer, it seems a logical course of action given today’s market for Android devices, which is growing rapidly.

Of course, there is also the fact that Nexus One sales have been notoriously slow, despite the device’s high popularity with Android developers (such as Cyanogen). Still, it seems Google has made the right decision in terms of business and practicality. With devices like the super-fast Galaxy S being released, it seems Google no longer needs to spearhead the Android device market.

Sad? Angry? Confused? Drop a comment below and let us know what your take on this news is!

Source: Telegraph

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Brian

    Very disappointing. Yes, there are phones out now that match or exceed the Nexus One in specs, but they're all tied to carriers that have little interest in providing updates and try to limit users' capabilities. Having an unlocked, unrestricted, and quickly updated flagship Android device is a great way to keep the carriers in line, and should be worth it even if it's not a great seller.

    • Knockwud

      For sure. I think it serves the Android brand well to have a very vanilla titular Google Phone near the top of the line. Unless they're worried about stepping on partners' toes or are bleeding money from the effort, this is a bummer.

    • http://www.xda-developers.com/ Watcher

      *Warning This will be long*
      (so skip it if you want)

      All of you guys have a good point, and like what most are saying "Google" Does need a new phone and they also need to do something about the Fragmentation thing there is one easy way to end fragmentation once and for all.

      First off i Love the way they are spiting android in to two form factors that a good thing trust me (just read on you will see why) if they take "Froyo" and made it in to a Base OS and not just a Update Jump point this will end 3rd party hangups.

      ie: Android Froyo 1.0 Basic
      ie: Android Gingerbread 1.0 Basic

      if Google Request that (or force) all Company to update there Mid range Phones to Froyo basic, this will make it so Google can issue OTA with out it going true 3rd parties "think windows service packs" <-- you don't reinstall windows each time you update that part, so why not android.
      this will be a easy move for them because say that: Jason's company Made a phone and added a custom UI but the phone runs Froyo basic, and if no update Google can/will make will interfere with there custom uI's then they can update all they want, this is good thing for 'Jason Co' to because he can issue his own updates that are not OS update they can fix add to or even take from there Ui with out having to learn a *New* OS update and fix the UI also.

      with the statement i just gave i think that Google can just issue updates like crazy with out worry.

      *small recap:
      if a phone can run Froyo/gingerbread basic then it can be updated to ie: foyo 1.1,.2,.3,.4 etc...

      Thx for reading

      Watcher Out...

    • http://twitter.com/aaronhutchinson Aaron

      This is also what is bugging me.
      Sure, it is fine now while the Nexus is still top of the range, but once all these 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz phones start to come out..

      Eventually the N1 will be dated, and I'll be looking to upgrade.
      After being spoilt with TRUE freedom on my phone, I cant imagine having to walk into the arms of an OEM and carrier....

  • Adam

    I think it makes sense for Google to just focus on software. The Nexus One has served it's purpose and now all they have to do is make the Gingerbread UI good enough that phone makers will choose to run vanilla Android. This will hopefully decrease fragmentation and speed up the delivery of updates.

  • Legola

    I knew there wouldn't be a "Nexus Two"

    I'm not upset because The N1 is just too perfect to be replaced by another phone :)
    I consider the N1 a success.
    That's just my opinion though... And there are so many other epic options, Droid X, EVO 4G... Etc...

  • Westy

    I agree i have an N1 and i definitely want more unbranded phones to come out. I love stock android and want to get my updates early with no hang up. Lastly i dont see phone company not throwing their own flavor on to the phones. They want to be unique and honestly i hate that. Please Google release more NEXUS PHONES!!!!!!!

    • http://www.gotesdelluna.net Analog Eye

      I absolutely agree with all of your points. I've chosen the Nexus One for the very reasons you mention: quick updates of vanilla android, with no hold ups, and freedom from carrier obligations.

      Before buying the phone, I did some math, and paying it without a contract was far better than any contract option over the life of the contract!

  • Sal

    Please say it ain't so - I love my N1 & have been patiently waiting for a N2 - I know there are alot of nice phones out there but none as good as my N1.

  • Canuck

    As long as I can buy a decent unlocked Android phone somewhere, I'll be OK.

    • BobbyPhoenix

      +1 and along with unlocked, it should be plain anroid. No blur, or any UI on top, or any stupid carrier specific apps.

  • skye

    i like my phone saying Google!!!!! NOT WITH Google!!!!This is CRAP!!!!looks like ill be forced to buy a daul core htc phone...hopefully none have sense on it!!!

  • Andromedo

    Freedom from the carriers. That is what Nexus brought us.

    If not Google, PLEASE someone grant us freedom from the carriers.

  • ashjas

    Hi..

    I m too dissapointed that there would be no nexus 2 :(

    But i apart from this i would like to know that is it possible to flash a stock android froyo rom on to devices that come with custom UIs like the samsung galaxy s??

    What are the issues if any for this to happen?
    Thanks.

  • http://www.kertongroup.com Derek Kerton

    I agree with all commenters that the best part of owning an N1 is rapid upgrades, easy SIM swaps, no carrier bloatware, and no delays for UI enhancements of limited value (Blur, Sense, Timescape, etc.)

    However, I also agree that Google met it's goals with the N1, which were primarily to spur along the carriers, and embarrass them if they tried to offer a phone substantially worse than the N1.

    I think that competition among HTC, Motorola, SonyEricsson, and others has now kicked in, and Google will probably not need to do another Nexus. And iPhone competition is keeping carriers like Verizon from crippling their Android phones, the way they have crippled phones for years.

    But we will still have options. If there is no unlocked phone on the market, advanced users like us can still get a carrier phone, root it, SIM unlock it, and load up a sleek ROM like Cyanogen's. It's not for the masses, but they don't know or care about this anyway.

    And we may still have options from the OEM markets. Moto is very much in with carriers (in the US) for Android, so they may not be aggressive. But don't be surprised if a dark horse like Huawei or SonyEricsson pushes an unlocked, open Android device to the US market, much like Nokia did with their N series phones. You won't see it at every store, or subsidized, but you CAN buy it. There is an incentive for these OEMs to put out a flagship for the geek market worldwide.

    N1 rulez for now, but don't worry too much about the future. Things are only getting (more open, faster, ,more features, more apps) ...better.

    Derek Kerton
    http://www.kertongroup.com