Google, Android Event Scheduled for January 5
It appears that Google CEO Eric Schmidt took some pages from the Apple playbook when he left the company’s board earlier this year. On Tuesday, they sent out invitations to members of the press for an event at Google’s Mountain View, CA campus on January 5th.
The event, which is focused around Google’s Android mobile platform, is invitation-only and will be comprised of a press conference and presentation, Q&A session, and demonstrations.
Had Apple not pulled out of this year’s Macworld Expo, January 5th would likely have been the day of the company’s traditional keynote. However, in part spurred by Apple’s departure, Macworld Expo takes place this year in February.
What exactly Google will announce at its event is already the subject of much discussion. The leading topic is an Android phone under the Google brand, dubbed the Nexus One. The question remains, however, exactly how the Nexus One will be differentiated from its predecessors, like the G1 and Motorola Droid especially since reports and FCC filings seem to say that phone manufacturer HTC will be actually building the device.
Speculation mainly revolves around the Nexus One’s business model, with rumors claiming it will be an unlocked phone sold directly to consumers, with the tacit support of T-Mobile. Such a move could open up the Nexus One to users not looking for a two-year contract, potentially even providing an Android-flavored answer to the iPod touch.
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