Google phone expected at MWC


Search engine giant Google is expected to show its debut ‘Google-phone’ at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The device, which has the working title ‘Nexus One’, will be its first hardware release in the mobile market.

Google has led the new open-source trend in software operating systems this year with its Android platform, and will take significant market share in 2010 with manufacturers HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson all basing portions of their 2010 handset portfolios on the platform.

Its much hyped entry into the devices market is set for the first quarter. The Nexus One, which takes its name from the Nexus androids in sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, will be manufactured by Taiwanese maker HTC, a long-time Google collaborator.

HTC produced the firstAndroid-based devices, the G1 at the end of 2008 and the G2 this year.

The Nexus One will run on the Android 2.1 platform. It is expected to feature a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera and a 3D menu.

An HTC spokesperson said: “HTC and Google continue to work closely together and we’re excited about our joint success with the G1, Hero and MyTouch3G and continue to have strong optimism for the future and the Android platform overall, so stay tuned.”

Google was unavailable for comment.