Nexus none... Sprint drops Google's "superphone"

As Verizon did just weeks ago, it seems that Sprint has followed suit with the Nexus One. According to a post on Gizmodo, a Sprint spokesperson has confirmed Sprint's decision to can the Nexus One. Assuming the above is true, this news means that all of the top 3 US mobile carriers have abandoned Google's premier device (it only works on AT&T because it's unlocked, not because they support it).

Google's entire strategy with the Nexus One was to have one phone on all carriers. According to Gizmodo's source, the device was dropped because the pending HTC EVO 4G release, which is a "more robust, full-featured device."

However, this reason makes little sense, since the two devices were announced within a week of each other. Sprint planned to release the devices around the same time from the get go; there's obviously more to the story than Sprint's revealing. The news of them dropping the Nexus One comes as a shock to the Android community, and a major blow to Google and their phone business model.

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No skin off my back. I liked the Nexus one when it was announced, but the Evo 4G blows it out of the water. Unless pricing was drastically different, I can't see a legit reason to go for it. Maybe Google is developing a Nexus Two that has better specs for the 2010 market.

Google is finding out it's not really possible to produce an OS that is meant to run on phones from multiple manufacturers and still sell your own branded competing device. Sooner or later (in this case sooner) at least one better phone running Android was going to be released. You can either sell the phone with the OS (like Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Palm), or you have to sell just the OS (like Google & Microsoft). Can't have it both ways.

sabrex said,
Google is finding out it's not really possible to produce an OS that is meant to run on phones from multiple manufacturers and still sell your own branded competing device. Sooner or later (in this case sooner) at least one better phone running Android was going to be released. You can either sell the phone with the OS (like Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Palm), or you have to sell just the OS (like Google & Microsoft). Can't have it both ways.

im just waiting for webos to be ported to a phone with a snapdragon cpu.

sabrex said,
Google is finding out it's not really possible to produce an OS that is meant to run on phones from multiple manufacturers and still sell your own branded competing device. Sooner or later (in this case sooner) at least one better phone running Android was going to be released. You can either sell the phone with the OS (like Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Palm), or you have to sell just the OS (like Google & Microsoft). Can't have it both ways.

I understand your statement, but I don't think it was a matter of Google needing to learn anything. If you'll remember, the first Android phone (G1) was just the Developer Phone that got released on T-Mobile. For Google, the N1 was just the new Developer Phone, that again got released on T-Mobile.


It was manufactured as a baseline for developers to create applications, for Google to have every feature possible to further develop the Android OS (think the previously disabled FM Tuner here), etc. I think most of the hype around the fact that it was supposed to be made available on every network was more of a media sensation than what Google's actual intent for the phone was.

vaximily said,

I understand your statement, but I don't think it was a matter of Google needing to learn anything. If you'll remember, the first Android phone (G1) was just the Developer Phone that got released on T-Mobile. For Google, the N1 was just the new Developer Phone, that again got released on T-Mobile.


It was manufactured as a baseline for developers to create applications, for Google to have every feature possible to further develop the Android OS (think the previously disabled FM Tuner here), etc. I think most of the hype around the fact that it was supposed to be made available on every network was more of a media sensation than what Google's actual intent for the phone was.

you must be an apple fanboy because you have the mentality of one, that's for certain!

sabrex said,
Google is finding out it's not really possible to produce an OS that is meant to run on phones from multiple manufacturers and still sell your own branded competing device. Sooner or later (in this case sooner) at least one better phone running Android was going to be released. You can either sell the phone with the OS (like Nokia, RIM, Apple, and Palm), or you have to sell just the OS (like Google & Microsoft). Can't have it both ways.

How is google losing? in both cases of Verizon and now Sprint, they going from the Android based N1 to another "Android" based phone. How is Google losing?.

I'm also of the belief Google's N1 role is creating a "minimum" standard phone design so other phone will have to match or exceed in design.

fixxxer2010 said,
you must be an apple fanboy because you have the mentality of one, that's for certain!

You just love to prove your ignorance, don't you? Every comment I've made, you had some childish backlash of a comment that was both unnecessary and irrelevant.

Additionally, where did I even *MENTION* Apple or anything negative about Android in my statement you ****ing tool? I'm an Apple fanboy... LMAO you need to learn how to comprehend what people are saying or just stfu.

Edited by SkinAddict, May 11 2010, 11:07pm :

The N1 *really* got tossed because most of the sales (if not all) were by Google itself....meaning the supporting carriers got nada. How many sales of handsets (especially smartphones) are via walk-ups at kiosks and carrier/reseller stores vs. online storefronts? (Yes; VZW and Vodaphone plc have online stores of their own; but they still sell most of hteir handsets via stores; either their own or resellers and kiosks within larger retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, Costco, and Best Buy, to name three.) Throw in accessories, and what's in it for the carriers?

Andrew Lyle said,
I was never a fan of the Nexus One... It just didn't feel right in my hand

it's a great phone as ive played with one before.

Andrew Lyle said,

as have I, but don't find anything about it special..

sometimes i feel we spend too much time customizing and tweaking these phones than actually using them for what they are intended for...phone calls.

fixxxer2010 said,
sometimes i feel we spend too much time customizing and tweaking these phones than actually using them for what they are intended for...phone calls.

Sometimes I feel like people like you should just stop talking and go take a Smartphone 101 course. If all they were meant to do was "phone calls", do you really think that text messaging, email, IM, web browsing, Apps, etc, etc, etc would be the primary focus of development?

Come into the 21st Century like the rest of us, please. =)

Andrew Lyle said,
I was never a fan of the Nexus One... It just didn't feel right in my hand

I had one for a while. Felt to much like a cheap plastic toy for some reason. Something some of the other Android phones did better at not doing. Got rid of it after I got my Macbook Pro for work. It failed at syncing with my home Windows system and my Macbook Pro the way the iPhone does. Switched to the iPhone because it was to much of a hassle.

vaximily said,

Sometimes I feel like people like you should just stop talking and go take a Smartphone 101 course. If all they were meant to do was "phone calls", do you really think that text messaging, email, IM, web browsing, Apps, etc, etc, etc would be the primary focus of development?

Come into the 21st Century like the rest of us, please. =)

maybe you should shut your pie hole, i develop for android and create roms. im very much in tune with the 21st century. if you don't understand what i was talking about, that's your problem.

SputnikGamer said,

I had one for a while. Felt to much like a cheap plastic toy for some reason. Something some of the other Android phones did better at not doing. Got rid of it after I got my Macbook Pro for work. It failed at syncing with my home Windows system and my Macbook Pro the way the iPhone does. Switched to the iPhone because it was to much of a hassle.

You can mount almost all Android phones in mass storage mode and just drag and drop. No third party crapware like iTunes is even needed

fixxxer2010 said,
maybe you should shut your pie hole, i develop for android and create roms. im very much in tune with the 21st century. if you don't understand what i was talking about, that's your problem.

Hey look everybody, another childish and irrelevant comment!

The problem isn't that we don't understand what you're talking about, it's that you throw in incoherent, usually irrelevant, moronic comments that don't make any sense.

But yes, maybe I was mistaken... you need to take English 101, not Smartphones 101.

People like you are the reason I stopped commenting on Neowin to begin with. You just ruin the experience here.

fixxxer2010 said,

id like to see him try those tests on something other than a probable defective app he got off of the market.

Actually the app was specifically written to test it and there are many other reports floating about regarding the situation, something to do with sub par hardware

http://www.examiner.com/x-8134...e-have-a-multitouch-problem

With Dianna Hackborn a Google engineer commenting on the specific problem:
http://groups.google.com/group.../msg/70e9dd235d519955?pli=1

Subject Delta said,

I don't know about the older phones like the Hero, but in newer versions of the HTC Desire software, the default Android launcher has been removed, meaning you can only use Sense

you sure it's removed? download an app called homeswticher off the market and see. if it indeed is search the net for custom vanilla launchers.

HTC Evo is pretty damn good.

The only negative aspect I see in the specs is that HTC putted a TFT display instead of Amoled, but color comments from its TFT screen has been very positives.

Now just give me a GSM/WCDMA version and put an option to deactivate HTC Sense and I am sold

The nexus one was just an instigation for all the manufacturers to start making android based smartphones. I doubt they actually care about popularity of the phone. They want to control the OS smartphone market and so gaining control over all the traffic of information. Making phones was never googles business model from the first place, it may have changed of course but thats just my opinion.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
I wonder if this has anything to do with AT&Ts monopoly of the iPhone ending soon?

How would canning one Android phone for another Android phone have anything to do with ATT and the iPhone?

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
I wonder if this has anything to do with AT&Ts monopoly of the iPhone ending soon?

Your statement has no merit whatsoever. AT&T is still going to have the iPhone until at least Q1 2011. "Soon" is the least to say, as the other cell providers can still benefit from the Nexus One working on their networks.

src: http://www.neowin.net/news/ata...ded-iphone-exclusivity-deal

Edited by styxrtp, May 10 2010, 10:09pm :

I think it makes sense as the N1 and Evo were supposed to be around the same price point but the EVO is way more phone for the money... and since Google wanted to control the sales of the phone, Sprint probably wouldn't stand to make as much money off of it as they will from their own branded phone.

Truly, the Evo 4G is what the Nexus One was always meant to be (minus the cross-carrier compatibility of course).

Sebianoti said,

you making it sound like Android is bad.

How am I making it sound like its bad? It makes sense to leave out the N1 and go for something better, similar price, and more features.

techbeck said,

How am I making it sound like its bad? It makes sense to leave out the N1 and go for something better, similar price, and more features.


Yeah like HTC Desire right?

Sebianoti said,

Yeah like HTC Desire right?

Depends...later in the year when I get another discounted upgrade, there will probably be something even better out.

techbeck said,

Depends...later in the year when I get another discounted upgrade, there will probably be something even better out.

Why not wait for the one after that one?