Google Nexus One gives Apple the willies

Google's new phone, the Nexus One, will be available in the UK on the Vodafone network in the spring, but those who want it now can buy direct from Google.

Google executives are calling the Nexus One a "superphone", and have priced the unlocked phone,ready to take any sim, at $529 (£330)

Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, which is manufacturing the phone for Google claimed it was his company's best phone yet. "You will see it pushes the limits of what is possible on a mobile phone today," he said.

"The Nexus One belongs in the emerging class of devices which we call ‘superphones,’ with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset making it as powerful as your laptop computer of three to four years ago. It's our way to raise the bar on what's possible when it comes to creating the best mobile experience for consumers," said Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google.

The phone features a 3.7in touch-screen and a 5-megapixel camera with flash plus somew fancy noise-cancellation technology. Gurgle will hoping thrd-party app makers will get busy on teh platform so that itmay compete with the iPhone, for which some three billion apps have been downloaded from the Apple app store of more than 100,000 programmes. Some 20,000of those apps are already compatible with Google's Android OS.

In the US T-Mobilewill be offering the Nexus One on contract at $179. The device will also be available from Verizon Wireless in the spring.

A sim-free Nexus one can be had from Gurgle here: www.google.com/phone.