Nexus One

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The Nexus One is an Android-powered smartphone designed by Google and HTC Corporation and manufactured by the latter. The Nexus One runs on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and includes 512 MB of flash memory, a microSDHC slot expandable up to 32 GB and a capacitive touch screen.


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The first Nexus One was released in the U.S. on January 5, 2010. It was originally made available through an online store and later in retail outlets. Google’s significant participation in the design is evident in the Nexus One’s main features, including easy access to Google apps such Gmail, Google Voice and Google Maps Navigation.

Additional hardware features on the Nexus One include:

  1. 3.7-inch WVGA (800×480) touch screen display
  2. USB 2.0
  3. 3.5mm audio jack
  4. accelerometer
  5. flash video camera
  6. lithium ion battery, providing 10-hour talk time and a 290-hour standby time
  7. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0
  8. multiple network technology support, including UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA and GSM/EDGE

Initially, online support for Nexus One issues was available through the Nexus One Forum. Since 2010, the Forum has been archived and made read-only. Users who need information regarding Nexus One software-related issues are directed to the Google Mobile Help Forum.

This smartphone comes with a bootloader, which is accessed by holding the trackball at the front while the device is powering up. The bootloader is for developers who want to create their own Android applications or participate in the Android Open Source Project. To unlock and flash the Nexus One, a user can use the flashboot utility, which can run on various operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Nexus One was succeeded by the Nexus S, which is manufactured by Samsung and is the first phone to run Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread).


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