Stores in Hong Kong are starting to sell the Google Nexus One. This store in Wanchai Computer City is asking for HKD5880.00 (cash price), which give it a mark up of HKD1554.47 when compared to buying the phone directly from Google

Nexus One = USD529.00 Shipping to Hong Kong = USD28.32 Total purchase price = USD557.32 (approximately HKD4325.53).

Given the high mark up, I don't see why anyone would purchase the Nexus One from these stores in Hong Kong, unless they do not have a credit card (Google uses Google Checkout which accepts credit cards only). Plus all Nexus One purchased from Google has the option of adding up to two lines of engraving to the back of the phone.


HTC has finally made details of their first Android phone available to the public. It bares the moniker "HTC G1", may be it implies there will be subsequent versions. It will launch in the USA through the carrier, T-Mobile on October 22, 2009 for USD179.00 and a 2-years contract.

One thing that is interesting, as reported by Engadet, is T-Mobile view on unlocking the phone. They will allow the unlocking of the HTC G1 after the initial 90 days into the 2-years contract, giving the HTC G1 an unlocked price of USD399.00 price.

There are two videos in Engadet's Hands-on review comparing the HTC G1 to the Apple iPhone and showing off some of the 3rd party add-ons to existing built-in application. The latter is something that the OpenSource nature of Android has over the Apple iPhone.

HTC did not implement any multi-touch technology into the HTC G1. The use of on screen controls and hardware buttons makes the phone feel 1st generation. Also, in my opinion the look is also fairly ugly, but looking at the other HTC models in the past, one cannot expect the elegance of Jonathan Ive (arguably the best industrial designer in the world).

So far no news as to how the HTC G1 will be launched in other geographic locations.

[Update: September 24, 2008] It is reported that T-Mobile will give away all applications on their Android Market Place free to the early adaptors to the HTC G1.

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Many people complains that Apple Inc. is not clear about their directions and secretive about their product announcements and release dates. An example being the recent events that had transpired with Apple's iPhone. Apple announced and demonstrated the iPhone off at MacWorld San Francisco 2007 show in January. They then inform the public of a June 2007 release date.

Now as the rumored release date of June 11 approaches, numerous companies are trying to make their own announcements to stifle the anticipated excitement surrounding the actual iPhone release.

HTC, the Taiwanese Microsoft® Windows Mobile® smartphone manufacture, is planning a major announcement in London on June 5. Their chic designed invitation copied Apple's iPhone theme by saying, "... a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones.".

Microsoft® released the Microsoft® Surface a few hours ago. This device is suppose to be a commercial product based on the Multitouch technology that had been in development for the past 25 years. With Fingerworks developing an Opensource software to implement this Multitouch interface initially on Windows 2000 and Mac OS X. Although, Fingerworks is now an entity of Apple and its technology had been incorporated into the iPhone.

[youtube] Multitouch demonstration by Perceptive Pixel, Jefferson Y. Han's company.

[youtube] Jefferson Y. Han's Multitouch Experiment in 2006.

So these actions by the various manufactures to position their announcements just prior to Apple's iPhone launch, further proves Apple's point and justifications to not make their plans 100% clear to the public. While still gives their stockholders and consumers something to look forward to.

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