March 15, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Anyone in the UK that has been waiting for a duty-free Nexus One to be launched this month may be in for a bit of bad news. According to the Inquirer, Google themselves has delayed the launch of the Nexus One on the Vodafone network. The device is still available for UK consumers but they will have to pay for the tax on top of the phone’s cost.
The Nexus One has had it’s fair share of problems, from customer service woes to hardware issues to cut sales forcasts; it seems that this delay is just par for the course. It is somewhat surprising how many problems have followed the Nexus One launch, especially how Google made it out to be their “super phone”. With a device that is so important, one would think Google would treat it as such. It may be a testament to the notion that Google shouldn’t have gotten into the hardware business, or that this is just the first try of many hardware launches in the future.
With Vodafone working on offering the HTC Legend soon (possibly April) it may be “too little, too late” for the N1 in the UK. And with the break-neck pace of Android devices being released with the latest/greatest hardware, UK consumers that have been waiting for the N1 could turn their attention to the next shiny, new Android device, making this delay not even matter.