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Google Nexus One
Flurry estimates that Google has sold just 135k Nexus One smartphones

Google's Nexus One made big waves on the internet when its details were leaked late last year and again when it was officially announced ahead of CES 2010. The Nexus One was described as the next "iPhone Killer" by many and was billed by Google as the "next stage in evolution for the Android".

The smartphone -- which is powered by Android 2.1 -- hit all the right hardware notes thanks to a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7" (480x800) AMOLED display, multi-touch, and a generous 1400 mAh battery. What could possibly go wrong with Google's full backing, a sleek exterior design, and geek-friendly hardware specs?

Well, everything has gone wrong according to Flurry Analytics. Flurry, if you recall, is the company that first spotted a few dozen iPad devices running iPhone OS 3.2 right before the official launch of the device. Flurry estimates that Google has managed to sell only 135,000 Nexus One smartphones in its first 74 days of availability – Flurry uses the 74 day benchmark because that's how many days it took for the original iPhone to reach the one million mark back in 2007.

If Flurry's numbers are accurate, the Nexus One appears to be actually losing momentum rather quickly considering that Google sold an estimated 80,000 units during the month of January and has only added another 55,000 sales in the past month and a half.

For comparison, another Android device which has made headlines in the past few months is doing quite well in the marketplace. Flurry estimates that Motorola sold 1.05 million Droid smartphones during the first 74 days of availability.

The reasons for the Nexus One's failure are plentiful. The device is barely known about outside of the tech circle, the phone has to be purchased directly from Google, and T-Mobile doesn't quite have the same clout as AT&T or Verizon. The Motorola Droid is backed by the United States' largest wireless carrier, Verizon. Apple's iPhone, on the other hand, is the crowning jewel of second place network AT&T.

“Despite the fact that the Google Nexus One is the most advanced Android handset to date, and enjoyed substantial buzz leading up to its release, the launch has been overshadowed by lower than expected sales,” stated Flurry on the company blog. “In our previous reports we offered several possible reasons including unconventional choices in marketing, pricing and distribution.”

The Nexus One is supposed to launch on Verizon's network later this spring, so hopefully Google will see an uptick in sales at that time.

Updated 3/16/2010

Google is now offering the unlocked Nexus One to wireless customers on the AT&T network.

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It's a mystery to me!
By SiliconJon on 3/16/2010 11:40:06 AM , Rating: 3
Between the insane double-whamming ETF's, the fantastic customer service failure, privacy concerns, their participation with an oppressive government like China, my tiring of rising bills...I'm not sure why I didn't get one.

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By The0ne on 3/16/2010 11:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
Do what I do, stick with your old phone if that's all you need...a phone :) My 8525 is still serving me well, although the battery doesn't even last a full hour on a full charge :D

$39/month is already too much for what I use the phone for lol. But at least it's not twice that for iPhone and others :D

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By SPOOFE on 3/16/2010 12:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm like you; I still have some Samsung POS that does 100% of what I need - make calls and texts. I could probably walk into a cell phone store and get a really spiffy upgrade by now... I dunno, it's been years, but I've never felt a lack of anything. Heck, I don't even have voicemail set up.

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By fic2 on 3/16/2010 12:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
Same here - Samsung A920 I got 6-8 years ago. Sprint SERO for $35/month. Use it to make phone calls and send texts.

I do have a non-tech friend who just got a Nexus One a week or two ago. She loves it. I can't believe she had even heard of it.

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By SPOOFE on 3/16/2010 2:53:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even know what model of phone I have. And I'm sure that if someone were to give me a Nexus One (or an iPhone, or a Blackberry, or a Droid) I'd enjoy it just fine. But I don't feel any need for what those phones can do.

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By Bateluer on 3/16/2010 2:17:56 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't set up your voice mail? Does you VCR blink '12:00' too? ;)

RE: It's a mystery to me!
By redfirebird15 on 3/19/2010 10:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, VCR? Most kids wouldn't even recognize one nowadays.

I used to have the HTC Touch Pro until the screen crapped out. They sent me the Touch Pro 2 as a replacement.
With the Touch Pro, it lacked the power to run it's TouchFlo 3D interface smoothly. The Windows interface pretty much requires you to use a stylus.
Now, with my Touch Pro 2, I use the Touchflo interface- and I must say, it is 10x better.

Me and my buddy were comparing phones (he has the Motorola Droid) and I do like the Droid better. Much easier to install apps and such, also very touch-friendly. I liked my keyboard better though. That's the main reason I don't want and iPhone or Nexus One. I prefer the physical touch of a keyboard.

Whatever makes ya happy!


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