Dec 14 AT 11:29 AM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Nexus One slips through the FCC with T-Mobile 3G bands

Engadget has been digging through the FCC site (headache) and discovered the Nexus One, aka the Google Phone, has been approved by the FCC. After reviewing all the documents, they believe the phone will launch with HSPA 900/1700/2100. These are the same bands that T-Mobile uses in all their 3G phones and confirms the TmoNews report that T-Mobile will be a launch partner for the device.

Early rumors suggested the device might include AT&T 3G, but no evidence has supported that yet. Looking back at earlier Google supported phones (ADP1 and ADP2), AT&T 3G has never been supported. The phones will work on their GSM network and receive an EDGE connection, but no high speed data is possible.

Google has also made no official statements on if and how the device will be sold. I expect we could see it appear on the Android developers site as the ADP3. We also believe without a doubt that the device will be fully embraced by T-Mobile.

Finally, several new pictures were posted to Engadget that reveal a new homescreen. The app drawer tab has been replaced by a 3D cube that launches a preview of up to five desktops. We can also see the phone is running the new Android 2.1 and includes Google Navigation. Note the lack of HTC branding anywhere on the device.

Via: Engadget

Source: FCC

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  • http://Website Todd

    “Early rumors suggested the device might include AT&T 3G, but no evidence has supported that yet. …”

    Depends on if the phone includes Qualcomm’s gobi2000 chip, or not ( Qualcomm makes the phones Snapdragon CPU ).

    http://www.gobianywhere.com/files/gobi2000_overview.pdf

    Note the list of supported freqs!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The gobi2000 is awesome. I suggested once it might appear in an Android phone, but I haven’t seen it yet. I think it will eventually happen in 2010.

      • http://Website Todd

        I bet you one beer that the Google phone *does* have the gobi2000 chip, but they won’t mention it, at least initially.

        Only a tear down of the phone will prove its existence.

        I also suspect the FCC tests show that the gobi2000 chip is turned off with a “software switch”, but can be enabled with a ROM update…

  • http://benpike.net Ben Pike

    I just want Android 2.1 for my Droid :-/

  • http://Website Kyle C.

    I want to know the specification details, same as the rumor of Passion/Dragon by HTC

  • timdawg919

    Sweet looking phone! Bout time Tmobile gets a good phone before everyone else. I can imagine what the pricing will be like though and will it finally get flash player as all these phones are a joke without flash player.

  • http://Website laurie

    where’s the keyboard!?

    • http://Website AndyH

      No hardware keyboard (thankfully).

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  • http://Website CJ
    • http://Website 9ooyan

      @CJ: you’re wrong. I think pretty much everyone acknowledges this phone as the ADP3. calling it a google phone doesn’t mean that it is MADE by google or sold by google, but that it is google-branded. I think what most tech enthusiasts are excited about it for the newer firmware and the impressive specs thus far listed (including 1Ghz snapdragon).

    • http://Website sha

      Not sure it’s the ADP3:

      http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20091214PB201.html

      “HTC and Google have rolled out a new business cooperation model for the production of the new Android-powered phone”

      new business model ?

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      The author says “Google could release a truly $199 phone, but they’d lose a huge amount of money on every sale.” which isn’t really true. The iPhone costs under $200 to manufacture, the rest is markup. Google would be breaking even (or coming out on top by serving more ads to the new users), not losing a huge amount on each sale.

  • http://Website Will

    just so we don’t get too carried away about the significance -, there was no HTC branding on the the T-Mobile G1 either. worth remembering that HTC branding is actually quite a recent occurence – not branding on any of the tens of HTC handsets which they white-label to the mobile operators over the past 5 years

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I hate to break it to you dude, but the G1 did have HTC printed on the side of the screen.

  • http://www.thefutureofblog.com Jeremiah

    I’ve been saying this about every new phone to hit the market, but I’m really serious this time — THIS IS MY NEXT PHONE. I’m in love with the MT3G-ish design, what seems to be a fairly Vanilla install of Android, and the 2.0-love.

    Are you guys considering getting one of these babies?

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  • http://Website NQ Logic

    Google is moving down in the stack to challenge B2C opponents with an open architecture and new sets of standards. In creating a post-revenue business model, Google can only manage success if consumers accept a co-branding and outsourced manufactured device … NQ Logic recommends reading about the rest of the new Google’s mobile strategy at http://www.nqlogic.com

  • http://www.thenetworkgarden.com Mark Sigal

    The timing of all of this is curious, though. Droid just launched, and both Verizon and Motorola have made a pretty significant bet on Android.

    To have the Google phone drop smack in the middle of Christmas buying season, certainly risks customers holding off on Droid, and waiting to see what Google will come out with for Verizon. Needless to say, the risk of that scenario playing out can’t make either Verizon or Motorola too happy right now.

    More to the point, when you position yourself as a platform for handset makers and carriers, and then turn tail and compete with them so early in the ecosystem seeding process, that has to be a wake up call that maybe the enemy of my enemy (Apple) is not my friend after all.

    The reasoning that Google may feel that they need to put destiny into their own hands RIGHT NOW is something that I blogged about in:

    Android’s ‘Inevitability’ and the Missing Leg
    http://bit.ly/87URNI

    Check it out, if interested.

    Mark

  • Sabbath78

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to get it!

  • http://Website Derek

    Would actually consider one if it had AT&T 3G radio in it. I have an iphone and could just plop in my sim card and be on my way. But without AT&T 3G radio, no way I’m getting it. T-mo’s network is even worse than AT&T’s. They cover almost nowhere with the exception of NYC, SF, and Atlanta.

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