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Google Says “No” to Nexus Two?

Back when the Nexus One was released through Google’s phone store in January, there were immediate rumors of a Nexus TwoDroid 2 combo device in the works.  Well we now know that Droid 2 is only a month away and definitely has nothing to do with a new Nexus device, but we still haven’t heard a peep from Google on a possible follow-up to their initial developer release.  Until now anyway.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Google CEO Eric Schmidt touched on the N2…

“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.”

So no Nexus Two?  For some reason I’m having a hard time completely buying into that.  With 4G networks on the rise, why would Google not want to make an unlocked 4G version to act as the next ultimate Android developer device?  Plus, it just feels like they might want to take another stab at the phone sales business and redeem themselves after that first lukewarm try.

*Side note* – If you are wondering why we cover Nexus One chatter, it’s simply because it is the one Android device that leads the way when we start talking OS updates.  When the N1 sees some OTA fun, it’s a pretty good indication that our beloved Droid 1 is next.

Thoughts?

Source: Telegraph

  • http://bit.ly/9q5tuE Almighty1

    My opinion on this is that unlike Apple, Google isn't a hardware manufacturer of any kind and putting hardware out has a high cost unless you sell enough of it. Not to mention that the Android devices are either CDMA or GSM, not both and doing 4G isn't a good idea yet until the big carriers like AT&T and/or Verizon Wireless has 4G as Sprint and T-Mobile are more PCS providers than cellular providers so it only has good coverage in metro areas although Sprint is better than T-Mobile in that regard. So before going into 4G, there really should be a World Phone as the Blackberry Storm for example works on both CDMA and GSM worldwide but Motorola's Droid only works on CDMA.

  • Mrpicolas

    Patience young jedi patience ;-)

  • EC8CH

    The Nexus One….. and only.

  • Almighty1

    My opinion on this is that unlike Apple, Google isn't a hardware manufacturer of any kind and putting hardware out has a high cost unless you sell enough of it. Not to mention that the Android devices are either CDMA or GSM, not both and doing 4G isn't a good idea yet until the big carriers like AT&T and/or Verizon Wireless has 4G as Sprint and T-Mobile are more PCS providers than cellular providers so it only has good coverage in metro areas although Sprint is better than T-Mobile in that regard. So before going into 4G, there really should be a World Phone as the Blackberry Storm for example works on both CDMA and GSM worldwide but Motorola's Droid only works on CDMA.

  • EC8CH

    The Nexus One….. and only.

  • Javonte

    Off subject but has any one seen the sapphire rom cvpcs made? If so is their any screen shots

    • Mrpicolas

      Patience young jedi patience ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/GotMurph Ben Murphy

    Slow news day…oh wait….

  • home business

    Great blog and I'm now a follower

    home business

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEKFMUDDDIBPV5NJKW6YTGNRWA Carlo

    Damn! That's pretty freakin sweet! Wish i had a fraction of your talent ;-)

  • http://leifandersen.net Leif Andersen

    Wait…what? 'It's so successful so we're stopping'…don't corporations usually do the exact opposite with a success?

  • thedonxr

    NEED… MORE… DROID-LIFE… NEWS… :-D

    • Mrpicolas

      Oh its coming it always does:-)

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        I love how people start hanging out on the last post of the day until the new one in the mornings…
        Awesome :-P

        • Mrpicolas

          Yeah kinda like a waiting room for addicts lol…{(°_°)}

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

    No need to apologize for an article like this. I enjoy seeing Android related posts even if they aren't specifically Droid related posts.

  • DroidFan

    speaking of the n1, can someone help me with its twin (in some aspects) Droid eris. I want to root it so I can put custom roms on it to make it run smoothly and over clock it. any help on this project would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      I've noticed this site has good info :-)

      http://theunlockr.com/2010/03/16/how-to-root-th

      • DroidFan

        i seen that site…it helps me root it,but where do I get the custome roms…like Bugless beast on my Droid.
        will rom manager work for this as well?

        • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

          Pete doesnt make ROM's for the Eris :-P I dont think anyone does or would for that matter…
          Looks they have a couple on that site…

          Applying custom ROM for root:
          http://theunlockr.com/2010/03/19/how-to-load-a-

          ROM's
          http://theunlockr.com/downloads/android-downloa

          • DroidFan

            so in ur opinion would this be worth my time? casue its my wifes phone and I am tired of hearing her wine because it lags.

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Sure, it's worth it. You should do as much research in finding the best ROM available and then go for it…
            That's my opinion. If you get it overclocked then she sure won't be complaining about lag issues that's for sure :-P

          • Mrpicolas

            You can't stay on one rom long enough lol…

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            I'm guessing people have stopped support for the Eris. :-P

          • Mrpicolas

            Lol what's that :-)

  • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

    Yeah… that official statement about the Nexus One being so successful that they don't need to make a 2… What's that all about?! The reason manufacturers keep coming out with better versions of their phones is because technology keeps improving and their first device was successful. Really… how successful has the N1 actually been? Not very… that's why they're not making an N2.

    • Mrpicolas

      google wants world domination lol… but seriously android as an operating system is worth more than them producing phones the nexus just facilitated that think about it for a sec have one or to kickbut phones or have millions of phones running your software monetarily speaking the latter makes more sense

      • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

        agreed

    • eddieonofre

      the nexus one wasn't successful as a phone I agree on that. But the question is did google make te nexus one planning selling a lot of them?
      I think that the nexus one was a push on the manufacturers, i mean without the nexus one manufacturers would have still making phones like the Eris (no disrespect) but when google launched the nexus one we started seeing more 1GHz phones using android to all its capabilities.

      • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

        true true

  • DroidFan

    ok….once again I know this isnt the place to post this but since its the most up to date post I figured “what the hell, might as well.” Anyways back to the point. I love the Bugless Beast Roms and I figured I would get the Droid-Lifers involved. As you can see by the pic below if you go to http://alldroid.org/SiteSurveys.aspx and vote for him he could win the beloved Droid X. I think we should show the power of this site and help him win. I hope you guys will be with me on this.
    [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/nld3pe.jpg[/IMG]

  • http://twitter.com/jarofclay Joseph Swenson

    As soon as Android OS has features that aren't able to be pushed onto a Nexus One (a ways out), I could see another Google device like Nexus Two appearing. The issue is the cell companies are so slow in working to get these releases done that Android moves faster than they can keep up.

    If there isn't a device to show off the latest updates then they will either have to slow down or push out a new “buy straight from Google” device.

  • http://twitter.com/tommabray76 Tom Mabray

    Someone please respond…Tried to download rom and phone didn't reboot, it got stuck on “M” logo…performed battery pull and tried to reboot manually and nothing…still stuck on “M” logo…thanks

    • Chris Nimon

      if it hasnt come up after 15 minutes do a battery pull. reboot. give it 15 more minutes if still stuck. if that doesn't work, restore to a previous rom and reload the rom you want with a different kernel.

      • Tommabray76

        Thanks…i'll try but right now it won't even boot into recovery so that i can restore a previous rom. thanks for the reply

        • Chris Nimon

          did you wait a good 10 – 15 seconds before putting the battery back in? sometime it takes a few seconds for the phone to fully deenergize.

          • http://twitter.com/tommabray76 Tom Mabray

            FYI…flashed back to clockwork mod recovery 2.0.1.3 and it restored and rebooted flawlessly!!!

          • Mrpicolas

            good to see you got it going

        • Mrpicolas

          Let it charge has to be above 30%

      • http://twitter.com/tommabray76 Tom Mabray

        OK…all good now…thanks Chris…i'm back in business…almost thought I was gonna be one of the first to brick my droid…lol…it had me nervous when I couldn't even boot into recovery. And actually I was restoring a previous rom, jrummy v4.0.7 with chevy UL 1.2, with rom mgr clockwork recovery 2.0.2.0

        • Chris Nimon

          Awesome. btw, I just switched to 4.0.7 today. Worst case scenario I think you would have had to use rsd lite (I think thats what its called) to fix your phone. anyway, happy romming :)

  • Chris Nimon

    Just got back from Verizon store where I got my grubby paws on the Droid X. Screen is huge, bright, sharp and easy to read. It was much thinner than my Droid w/ case but felt the same in my hand. The hump on the back was not even noticed (although I didn't stick it in my pocket). It had Quadrant already installed so I ran it 3 times. It averaged 1207 on 3g. I averaged 1413 on my jrummy froyo/chevy 1.25 kernel set o 1000 with no apps killed.
    BUT it was super smooth. The 2 guys I were talking to said they weren't really supposed to bring it out but then we compared phones and one of them was running the Onix Froyo. After showing them my 1739 quadrant and all that good stuff I was in the club i guess because the pearly gates opened wide. they didnt even stick around and let me play with it for a good 1/2 hour. Id say it was a good day” – ice cube

    • lakerzz

      “And the Lakers beat the Supersonics…”-Ice Cube

  • root4life

    is anyone else noticing that when u update an app in the market it looks like it dowloads 2 of the same app

  • http://twitter.com/Ludacrosse05 Ludacrosse05

    It's been a slow day so far, here's how I've been passing the boredom… Thoughts?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAlSlrb9blI

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Mmmm pink!

      • http://twitter.com/Ludacrosse05 Ludacrosse05

        Here's some more pink. This time it's Pink Droid-Life glass shatter action. In lots of pink glory. And I mean lots.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1FnEuzB_0E

        • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

          You sir, obviously bathe in EPIC WIN! :-)

        • root4life

          that should def be the opening to a droidlife video.awesome work

        • kellex

          Holy ish man, you need to send me these files so I can use them as intros. So ridiculous!

          • Mrpicolas

            no doubt i checked those out earlier :-)

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEKFMUDDDIBPV5NJKW6YTGNRWA Carlo

          Damn! That's pretty freakin sweet! Wish i had a fraction of your talent ;-)

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/V7NQWQGE3MIYBADRAV36FGIC44 Spencer

      That is outstanding.

  • StephanC

    No more exclusive Google phone? Well that's pretty awesome!

    • http://www.facebook.com/asbahri Ahmad Saiful Bahri

      If google produce more, then it will not become exclusive anymore. And i am proud to be the owner of Nexus One, the only Nexus in this world :-)

      • StephanC

        Well, to me it's caused way too much fragmentation and exclusivity in the Android world and that's not a good thing. There really should be no premier Google phone and let's face it, the Nexus One's sales were far less than that of the Droid. I don't know where Google gets off calling the Nexus One a “Success.” I like the phone but I don't like the intentions that Google had when they created the device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothymoorejr Timmy Moore

    Sounds good, I may just want one. I wish I could put it on Verizon. :(

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Tom said it best. Sales of Nexus Ones were down right awful…
    No point in them to try it again lol

  • Tom

    The phone has not been commercially successful so they are sticking to the software side. It's as simple as that.

    • http://www.gmbhnews.com gmbh news

      yeah, but I think it's a bad strategy, they behave like the phone wasn't technically a success, it's one of the best phone out there, they should have worked on the supply chain and all the logistic stuff, peoples love this phone, so they are missing something. I wish it could stick around just like the iphone, no big design changes and just have it as the Android enfant terrible of phones.

      • Tom

        One of the main intents of the phone was to break the carriers' business model in the US. Verizon and Sprint stood up to Google, and AT&T and T-Mobile basically decided to not market the phone. Google probably came to their senses and realized that they need to work with the carriers. It was a noble try but they will have to work within the system for a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Every time someone posts “first!”, a kitten bursts into flames.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      As long as it's not a puppy! :-P

      • http://www.facebook.com/timothymoorejr Timmy Moore

        I heard it was a Droid X that dies. :(

        • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

          Well that's not funny :-P

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

          haha maybe that will discourage people here from doing it…

          Every time someone posts “First!”, a Droid X explodes into a million pieces… injuring kittens and puppies with its shrapnel.

          • http://www.facebook.com/timothymoorejr Timmy Moore

            Exactly. xD

  • Tkampka

    what I'm first? Your kidding, lol. Love this site, keep it up. My 4th was a little rough, I'm feeling better now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothymoorejr Timmy Moore

      I think you may want to post that [url=http://www.droid-life.com/2010/07/04/happy-fourth-of-july-from-droid-life/]here.[/url] Lol