Next Takes on Nexus

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Next Takes on Nexus

In the week since Google introduced the Nexus One Android phone, the posts, reviews, and comments on what’s next for Google, what’s next for mobile, and what’s next for the known universe have been taking up I’d bet terabytes of storage space throughout the information network.

One of my favorite bloggers, Fred Wilson of AVC, posted “What Blackberry Is For Outlook/Exchange, Android Is For Google Apps,” in which he suggests that Blackberry made its way on the back of handling Microsoft Exchange, and Android will do the same as people shift to Google Documents from Microsoft applications.

“So, for good and for bad, I believe Blackberry is attached at the hip to Exchange. As Microsoft loses share to Google in the enterprise, something I believe is bound to happen, Blackberry will lose share to Android as well,” Wilson concludes. It’s a good argument and in keeping with my own notions on mobile naming shifts. The discussion in his comments section is fascinating.

Then I see “Is Nexus a Platform War Mistake,” by Tim Oren in his Due Diligence blog. “Handset vendors, in contrast, are near-captives of the existing carrier distribution system, and may not dare to work around it, in fear of retribution in the next buying cycle,” he writes in suggesting that Google’s plan for nonsubsidized smart phones is a cunning plan and could extend software functionality increase connection choices. We can only hope.

Which brings me to TechCrunch and one of its many Nexus posts in the last week, “Let’s Just Skip to the Super-Duper Phone.” When I wrote my piece on last week on naming and language, I noticed that Google had referred to the Nexus One as a “superphone.”

I chose to ignore it, thinking it was ridiculous and overly hyped, not to be taken seriously. TechCrunch also thought it was ridiculous and wrote a post full of humor and ridicule. So did the many people who commented.

Finally, Michael Kostal, one of our designers,  put a comment in my post mentioning Gizmodo’s Nexus One Review. It’s exhaustive, but Gizmodo sums ts up in a caption: “The Nexus One is an over-hyped Android phone. But that doesn’t stop it from being the bestAndroid phone.”

It all bolsters my decision to buy an Android phone (not a Nexus One). It’s wicked fast and though it may not be the iPhone killer one of my friends has suggested, it certainly will shake up the mobile and software markets.