It's the final countdown: Google receive final shipment of Nexus One devices

Google has today confirmed that they've received the final shipment of the Nexus One, and will stop selling the device once their stock runs out.

The Nexus One is Google's first mobile phone and is manufactured on behalf of the company by HTC. One of the first phones to be updated to run the newest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 2.2, Google used the device as an "experiment" to test new ways of getting mobile phones into consumers hands, via a web store.

While Google confirmed in May that they would be closing down the Nexus One online store -- their "experiment" which "remained a niche channel for early adopters" -- it wasn't clear exactly when the doors would close.

But that day is coming soon, says Google, now that the search giant has received their final shipment of the Nexus One. While customer support will continue to be available for those with a Nexus One device, Google will no longer sell the device directly to customers or developers and will shut down the store completely once stock runs out. 

Although Google will bow out of selling the Nexus One, it will continue to be available for purchase through Google's partners including Vodafone in Europe and KT in South Korea, with Google even dropping a hint that the device could yet make it's way into more countries with new partners, saying that there could "possibly [be] others based on local market conditions".

Google will continue to work with partners to make the Nexus available to registered Android developers via a special store available on the Android Market Publisher site once they cease sales, so that "developers have access to a phone with the latest Android OS".

It's not clear how many devices Google received in their final shipment.

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