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Google launches smartphone

2010-03-19

Queen’s University professor Sidney Eve Matrix can discuss Google’s much-anticipated leap into the phone world with the Jan. 5 launch of the Nexus One, the first smartphone completely designed by the search leader. It's the latest step in their quest for more control over how people surf the web while they're on the go.
“Almost half of Canadians say they can't leave home without their mobile phone--and not just any phone will do--we want smartphones,” says Professor Sidney Eve Matrix. “The Nexus One is set to compete with the iPhone which it closely resembles in design, features, and functions. In the U.S. the phone will be sold unlocked and not tied to any specific carrier for about $600, or discounted with a carrier contract. When it becomes widely available for sale in Canada, if both price tag options remain and it's picked up Rogers Telus and Bell as the iPhone is, the Nexus One will give consumers one more choice in their smartphone spend.”
Professor Matrix is a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Film and Media and an expert in digital culture trends. Her research areas include mass media, new media theory and cyberculture studies.
To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 or jeff.drake@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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