HTC Nexus One hits the FCC, new live pictures

Well, here comes some new pictures of the HTC Nexus One (or freakin’ Google Phone as some want to call it..). As it’s been the case since the begining the desing looks kid of lame compared to HTC’s Windows Mobile offerings (especially the HD2). You can also see that the device is running Android 2.1 but if this is to be believed the device will only ship with Android 2.0.X. Google Phone or not Google Phone this whole thing is getting boring. The device has also passed the FCC and cleary shows that it’s compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Source: FCC via Engadget

Higher resolution HTC Legend render

Nothing really new here just a higher resolution render of the HTC Hero successor the HTC Legend. The highlight is obviously the replacement of the trackball by an optical touch sensor (like on the Omnia, Xperia X1/2 etc) and the higher clocked chipset (MSM7227 which is basically the same old thing as the MSM7201 unfortunately).


There’s no Google Phone?

It’s becoming clear now that there is in fact no Google Phone contrary to what many blogs (Gizmodo, TechCrunch WSJ etc..) want you to believe. The HTC Nexus One device we have seen is a developer edition version of what is going to be the HTC Passion (or Bravo / Dragon whatever you want to call it). Just like the original HTC Dream (ADP1) was the dev edition of the HTC G1 the HTC Ion -> HTC Magic (ADP2) the Nexus is Google’s new Android development platform (ADP3). Eldar Mutazin of Mobile-Review who is well connected also confirmed this a few hours ago via Twitter:

Hmmm Google Phone is a kind of fake finaly. Just finish conversation with some guy from Google, story looks in other way then it was discuss
Google employees are testing some features of upcoming version of Android 2.1 on HTC Passion which was called Google Phone (=Android phone)
Some rival company used misunderstanding to lauch rumour about Gphone and new business model from Google (which arent true).

He also thinks that Apple is the source of this baseless rumor (which was first posted by Techcrunch a couple weeks ago..). I guess it helps to generate traffic though..

UPDATE January 5th: Looks like Eldar was totally full of sh@t!