Need an Android? Google Aggregates all Droids

 

Google really wants you to buy an Android smartphone. After all, smartphones are its next big growth industry. It already controls most of the web searches on PCs, and now it wants a big share of the phone market. That’s fine, since more competition means we get better phones. To promote its Android OS and the smartphones that it powers, Google has just relaunched its www.google.com/phone website. Now that the Nexus One has been pretty much decommissioned, the site now lists all official Android OS powered smartphones available by country, carrier and manufacturer.

Google already is an expert at the internet, so the fact that the website is so intuitive, simple and well designed comes as no surprise. You can even compare up to three smartphones side by side. After putting your choices in the list, clicking ‘Compare’ brings up the detailed specs for each model you selected. Clicking on each phone’s picture also brings up even more detailed specs and pictures of the phone from several angles.

Of course, it would be nice if Google would do the same thing with competitors phones as well (the iPhone, BlackBerrys, Nokia, etc.) but that’s just wishful thinking. If you already know that you want an Android, Google’s site is probably the best place to start looking. Since you can also sort by carrier, if you already have a preferred one or are currently in a contract, searching for relevant models is pretty easy. There are even direct links to the carriers’ websites to purchase the phone you choose.

I don’t want to sound like a Google spokesperson, but from using the site today, I have to say that it is exceptional. Go check it out if you’re in the market for a new smartphone. In the meantime, let me know if you want Google to do the same for all smartphones.

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