Zombie Nexus One, it’s undead! Back as Dev Phone

August 5, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Turns out that when Google closed their online phone store, it did not mean that the Nexus One was going to stop being sold.  The Nexus one will continue to be sold to developers.

If you go to the Android developer website and select Dev Phones, you will be able to purchase either the Nexus One or the ADP2 (Google Ion, HTC Magic) at full price.  That is $529 for the Nexus One.  You will also have to pay $25 for a developer registration.  The thing is that the Nexus One is a fantastic phone, and may well be worth the price.  It is eminently hackable, and particularly beautiful/stylish.  You may have seen that it is now possible to shoot 720p video.  The Nexus One is on my short list of GSM phones, but I am on AT&T and if I were to switch to it, they would switch me to a limited data plan.  It was recently said that HTC would shortly be offering SLCD screens on new Nexus Ones.  If you buy one now, will it have SLCD?

Here is Google’s statement on the matter:

“We’ve always offered unlocked phones for direct sale to registered Android Developers. As of today, the Developer Phone is the Nexus One, at a price of $529. To see the details or order a phone, you need to sign in to your Android developer account and click on the “Development Phones” link.

“The Nexus One combines an up-to-the-minute platform (Android 2.2), modern hardware, and the pure Google Experience software suite. It’s a good choice both for people who want to build Android applications using either the SDK or the NDK, and those who want to experiment with modified versions of the Android platform. Note that the Nexus One still ships with Android 2.1 but will download 2.2 soon after you turn it on; make sure you’re near a fast network.

As well as being an outstanding developer platform, it’s a really nice everyday phone; we’re really happy to have connected the right dots to make this happen.”