Over the weekend, The Telegraph posted an interview with Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, and, in it, Eric said that they had achieved everything that Google had wanted to with the Nexus One, and, as such, won’t be doing a second one.
The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.
Sad news, right? Not really. The Nexus One was noteworthy for two reasons: 1) it was a stock-standard Android device, the model of which formed the basis for a whole bunch o’ high-end Android devices since, and 2) it was sold carrier-free.
I really doubt that it will be the last high-end stock-Android device, so the first point is moot, and, well, the carrier thing really ain’t that big a deal, is it? I mean, the phone is the important bit, right?
So, today we bury the Nexus Two rumours, but keep your chins up, folks, there will be another sexy piece of stock-Android hardware coming in the future, don’t you worry.