Google’s new Android phone the Nexus One continues to drive the news this week. We have learned new details about the device every single day (including exciting videos of the phone ringing) and it shows no signs of slowing down as we approach the rumored launch date.
Today we have some interesting gossip courtesy of Greg Sterling from Search Engine Land.
Mr. Sterling got a chance to play with the phone and has posted his first impressions:
- It looked to me like a thinner Droid Eris with a larger, more impressive screen (both are made by HTC; Nexus One has no “Sense” interface)
- The screen resolution was great and crisp
- The stand-out dimension of the phone in my brief time with it was its speed; it was extremely fast (running on the T-Mobile network)
- It features the “new” version of the Android Market, which is a considerable step up from what exists now
We have speculated an improved version of Android Market was in the works, but we don’t have any hard facts to support that.
Last month Google updated their terms of service for the Market which led to new payment options like carrier billing for paid apps. This week Google has been serving up cease and desist letters to developers with infringing content on the Market.
It is nothing new for Google to remove apps from the Market, but there has been a spike in reports this week. ZeniMedia had all Quake clones removed, HTC got the Beautiful Widgets pack pulled, and I have heard from several developers today about new C&D letters.
Is Google cleaning up the Android Market for a reason or is it all just coincidence?
We have been critical of the Android Market (and so have devs and other sites), but our readers approve of it by a wide margin.
So maybe Google is working on a new Market or maybe Greg was just mistaken. He compares the Nexus One to a HTC Droid Eris which runs Android 1.5 (and the oldest version of Market). Maybe Greg is an iPhone user who doesn’t have much experience with Android.
I was the first one to post pictures of the last Android Market overhaul, so let me keep digging and see what I can find out. If a new Market does exists, we will be all over it.