Google 'could spring a surprise' for mobile phone users


Google Could Spring A Surprise For Mobile Phone Users

Consumers should not bet against the search engine giant Google springing a handset that is as surprising and popular as the Apple iPhone, it has been suggested.

Google has recently launched its first handset - the Nexus One - which has been sold thus far exclusively through its website - but is set to be made more widely available in Europe thanks to a link up with Vodafone.

Stock Analysis service Trefis has suggested that in 2010 Google's Nexus One smartphone could achieve a 0.4 per cent share of the 1.3 billion unit global mobile phone market.

"Who knows with Google? They always have that ability to suddenly change direction and come up with a surprise like the iPhone," said editor of Mobile, James Atkinson.

He added that few people would have expected Apple to release a handset that achieved such success until they did so with the iPhone.

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Posted by Dan Latham