The Google phone is real. In the spirit of the holidays, Google said Saturday on its mobile blog that they’re “taking dogfooding to a whole new level” by first distributing the new phone to Googlers around the world. The phone, called the Nexus One, will be part of a “mobile lab” where Google employees will help test the latest technology.
Localytics provides mobile app analytics for top mobile applications on Android phones, as well as BlackBerry and iPhone. Localytics captures very granular data on behalf of developers, allowing them to dynamically drill down into user segments. Mining the same data reveals when and where the Nexus One is already being used.
Localytics first detected the Nexus One on November 25. Then it appears the phone was given out to a larger number of lucky Google employees before they left for the weekend; usage ramped-up significantly on Friday, December 11, and continued through the weekend.
The Wall Street Journal and others have reported that Google may partner with T-Mobile but also plans to directly sell the Nexus One online, unlocked, rather than through wireless operators. The traffic patterns detected by Localytics so far seem to bear that out.