Google is looking to bring more Google phones to the market, the first entry of which was the Nexus One. The Google phone–by Google phone we mean the official Google and Google-branded phone, not the “With Google” experience that many stock-build of Android devices carry–may give rise to other products, including different form factors and an enterprise edition. What manufacturing partners, pricing, carriers, and release dates are have yet to be revealed, but Google’s VP of Engineering told Walt Mossberg that the future could hold a device with more battery–always a welcomed addition on mobile handsets–and physical keyboard. We’d be guessing it’s a Nexus One Slider–perhaps like the Touch HD and the Touch Pro2 on the Windows Mobile side?
The sliding form factor with physical keyboard may be an attempt to lure iPhone or potential iPhone customers over to Android. While there have been rumors–perhaps to the wishful thinking of those who want the feature–of an iPhone model with a physical keyboard, Apple has thus far been stubborn with its own software keyboard, which it says is just as good, if not better than, a hardware keyboard.
According to Google, the Nexus One is the first in Google’s “program” to dominate the mobile space. A smaller device, when prompted by Mossberg, was acknowledged by the VP of Engineering at Google.
Since Google contracted with one of its original licensee for Android–HTC–to make the official Google phone, we’re wondering if other manufacturers–like Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others–feel left out. It’s still unclear on what effects on the Android/Google ecosystem would be if future manufacturing contracts for Google phones–the official variant and not just the run of the mill Android–goes to a small pool of manufacturers. Thus far, Microsoft has yet to dabble on releasing its own officially branded device, perhaps with conscious regard not to alienate its partners.
Though, with the brand recognition that Google has, a free, open OS, and resources that Google may provide in working directly with manufacturing partners, we’re sure those unlucky ones to not have been involved with the Nexus One are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps, this is why Samsung is developing its own OS called Bada.