Google launches Nexus One smart phone

Smart phone runs Android OS, packs 1 GHz of processing power into pencil-thin device

Google today unveiled its much-anticipated Nexus One smart phone, now on sale at

The Nexus One is manufactured by HTC, runs Google’s Android 2.1 operating system and uses a Snapdragon processor. Erick Tseng, Google’s senior product manager, described the Nexus One as no thicker than a No. 2 pencil and no heavier than a small Swiss Army knife, despite its 1 GHz processor.

At the launch today at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s vice president for product management, Mario Queiroz said more than 20 Android phones are now available from 59 carriers in 48 countries.

Users can buy a device without service, or buy it with a service from one of Google’s partners, such as Verizon or T-Mobile. Prices range from a T-Mobile subsidized version for $179.99 with a service plan for $80 a month, to an unlocked version that will work in most countries for $529.99.

The Nexus One will be available in the spring with Verizon service.

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