Google's 'iPhone killer' breaks cover

    First image of purported Google smartphone leaked on the net.
    Google employee Queiroz donned a Santa's hat in his reveal of the Google smartphone.
    Google employee Queiroz donned a Santa's hat in his reveal of the Google smartphone.

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    This is the first image taken of Google’s new ‘iPhone killer’ – the HTC manufactured smartphone based on Google’s Android mobile operating system.

    The image, released by Google’s VP of product management, Mario Queiroz, on his twitter account, shows a handset dimensionally comparable to the iPhone and styled similarly to HTC’s mainstream smartphone line-up.

    Beta versions of the handset, known as Nexus One, are currently being trialed by a group of Google employees in a process known internally as ‘dogfooding’.

    As Queiroz explained in his twitter post, "this holiday season, we are taking dogfooding to a new level".

    "Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet."

    As previously reported by DPme.com, the handset is set to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2010. Adding further intrigue are reports coming out of the US which suggest the phone will be 'unlocked' and sold exclusively online.

    How the 'locked and loaded' iPhone-loving Middle East telecoms monopolies and duopolies react to this news is anyone’s guess.

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