New details about Google’s wireless network, announced earlier this week at MWC, have started coming out. According to The Wall Street Journal, the new service has one major catch, at least early on. The new service, which now has the code name “Project Nova,” will utilize only one phone:
Google Inc.’s planned wireless service may launch by the end of March, but it will work only on the company’s latest Nexus brand smartphone and not on other phones using Google’s Android operating system, people familiar with the matter said.1
This is not really a surprise, as Sundar Pichai – Google SVP who oversees Android, Chrome, and Google Apps – compared Google’s approach to the wireless network to the company’s approach to the Nexus line:
Google has talked to carriers about its plans, Mr. Pichai said. He said its approach would be like the one Google adopted with its Nexus phones, which the company uses to demonstrate its vision for how Android should operate, even as the vast majority of Android phones are sold by other manufacturers.2
The new program could be launched as early as the end of March.