Ever since the Google Nexus One launched, people thought there would always be a possibility that Google will consider and launch a successor in the Google Nexus Two. In an interview with Telegraph, Eric Schmidt debunks the rumor saying the Google Nexus One served its purpose and Google does not feel a reason to launch another similar device. Here is his complete response:
“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.”
Whether or not the Google Nexus One moved the whole Android hardware industry forward is a debatable issue. I think phones such as the the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S, and Motorola Droid X would launch regardless of the Nexus One. I personally don’t have a problem with Google not creating a successor, because some other Android manufacturer will create another solid phone. But it would be cool to see Google launch another phone, just for kicks.
Schmidt goes on to add a few jabs at Apple:
“We don’t have a plan to beat Apple, that’s not how we operate,” Schmidt says. “We’re trying to do something different than Apple and the good news is that Apple is making that very easy.”
“The difference between the Apple model and the Google model is easy to understand – they’re completely different. The Google model is completely open. You can basically take the software – it’s free – you can modify whatever you want, you can add any kind of app, you can build any kind of business model on top of it and you can add any kind of hardware. The Apple model is the inverse.”