Tomorrow Google at an “Android press gathering” at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. at 1 p.m. ET, is expected announce the first smart phone completely designed by Google, and according to reports is to be named the Nexus One.
Unlike Apple which has appearently locked up the domains associated with its widely anticipated Tablet computer, widely reported to be iSlate, Google does not seem to own Nexusone.com or even Nexus1.com.
Nexusone.com is registered to an individual in Portland Oregon but is re-directing to a site owned by Supra Systems, a Philippines company which is a “Manufacturer and Distributor of Products for Mining, Tunneling, Construction”.
The domain Nexusone.com was registered way back in 1998.
Now if the Philippines company is happy re-directing the domain nexusone.com to is .com.ph site, you would think that Google could have well before the announcement, maybe months ago when they decided to go with the name “Nexus One” buy the domain for a small change.
Nexus1.com is owned by an individual listing a Houston address and the domain does not currently resolve.
According to a review by tech blog Engadget Google’s Nexus One was built by HTC, under the specifications of Google. According to reports The Nexus One smart phone will be wider but slimmer than Apple’s iPhone and faster than Motorola’s Droid, and will run on Google’s Android 2.1 software, on a lightning-fast processor.
How Google could have named this phone Nexus One, and compete with the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm and the Droid, without securing the branding of the product by securing at least the .com of the proper spelling, is pretty amazing.
For those owning the domains, did they just hit the domain lottery?
If they are smart they did.