The New York Times reports that Google just invited reporters to an “Android press gathering” on Jan. 5. Google representatives declined to provide any further details about the event, but by all appearances this will be the unveiling of the Nexus One, the Google-designed phone that the company plans to market directly to consumers. News about the Nexus One began surfacing earlier this month after Google handed out the slick, touch-screen devices to employees who then started gushing about them on Twitter. Google tried to get in front of the rumors with a cryptic blog post, where it said that the devices were intended to test new mobile technologies. “We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe,” Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management wrote on Dec. 12.
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