a couple of tweets about an all-hands meeting at Google, Mario Queiroz, Vice
President, Product Management at Google, confirmed in a
blog-posting on the Google Mobile Blog, that the folks at Google are
constantly experimenting with new products and technologies and therefore often
ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for
improvements in a process called "dogfooding". And indeed Queiroz confirmed,
that this holiday season, Google is taking dogfooding to a new level when the
company recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device
that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on
The purpose of this dogfooding process is, according to Queiroz, "to
experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device
with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new
technology and help improve it". However, Queiroz continued that "because
dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share
specific product details".
Wall Street Journal reports now, that Google will indeed offer an HTC-built
Android smartphone directly to consumers and that this device will be market as
the (Google) Nexus One.
Now it also looks like that first Nexus One photos made it to (Google's)
Picasa (photo service) already. Above, a photo from what is expected to be the
the Nexus One. Actually either just a rebranded or unbranded
Engadget reports, several pictures taken with a camera, identified as the
HTC Nexus One in the EXIF data, are available at Picasa which confirms that the
Nexus One will most likely feature a 5 megapixel camera.
Furthermore it's speculated that the Nexus One will run on
and features a highly customized (non-Android-typical?) user interface that was
designed entirely by Google.
Cheers ~ Arne