December 21, 2014

Nexus One Does Not Support WiFi N (For the Time Being)

Recently, Google changed the specs listed on the Nexus One sales site, eliminating WiFi N from the list of available drafts supported by the superphone.  This change reflects what HTC is listing as the official specifications for the handset.  It seems that the Nexus One does have an N capable radio in different strip searches people have done of the hardware.  Perhaps we will see an Appl-esque move like they did with Macbook pro’s to enable the N capable radio’s down the line with a firmware update.

I think it is safe to expect that if there is a N capable radio inside the unit, that Google will activate it at some time.  Until then, Nexus users will be stuck with plain ol’  b/g.



  • Wombo

    Also an unofficial posting by Google on the XDA forums confirms that their is an FM radio supported in the hardware. But currently Google have no plans to implement any code to support FM radio in Android, but the OSS community it welcome too.

    • chewtoy

      Wow. FM tuner in the hardware, but no intent to support it in the software. Google management must have seriously been taken over by morons from space.

      That's about like the idiots at NBC deciding to put wrestling on the SciFi channel and then change the name to SyFy.

      • Wombo

        I don't think it is quite that bad.

        They have limited resources like everyone and have to target key areas.

        Also remember they are building a platform so they don't want to use resources on a feature that currently can only be used on one phone, even if it is a superphone ;)

        • chewtoy

          Well, I don't necessarily disagree with what you wrote, Wombo (although I'm going to take every chance I can get to vent about wrestling on SciFi ;-)).

          I do believe though that when you pack enough evolutionary improvements into a single device at once, and you make the whole experience work better than what's in the hands of most users, then you can suddenly end up with a very *big* change (revolutionary instead of evolutionary). I think the entrance of the iphone into the market was such a combination of many small improvements.

          On the other hand, if you only pick one or two of those small improvements, and they don't become predominant, then they may as well not exist. Developers won't bother developing for them (as you're suggesting Google won't), because users won't know to demand them.

          And to me it seems like some of the small improvements are dead simple and very obvious. Put these together:

          – FM tuner.
          – Really good camera CCD with good motion capture, color accuracy, and burst mode.
          – Front-facing (or swivel) camera.
          – Flash
          – Night vision
          – Good keyboard
          – Multitouch
          – Easily accessed microsdhc card slot
          – A standard method for app storage on the sdhc card.
          – VoIP
          – Good copy'n'paste

          …Are any of those hard? Aren't almost all of them already present in one or two android phones?

          I wish my list were longer — I actually think the FM tuner and swivel camera by themselves have the potential to be game changers. Imagine using your phone to "tivo" radio. Imagine having video calls. Imagine doing them with night vision. The number of phones demanded by horny teenagers as a result of the night vision alone would probably be huge. :-)

          • chewtoy

            Replying to myself, not a good sign, but if anyone is still reading this thread:

            What game-changing phone features would you like to see added to "superphones"?

  • bill

    Very Interesting. I have an N1 and I use it at home with my wifi running N. It works fine, and I have tested and verified that it is in fact using N. So not sure whats going on here, but N works on at least my N1.

  • kungfo0

    I have also tested my Nexus with my wireless N router, and it was able to connect fine.

  • Bryan

    None of the N wifi chip sets available for mobile phones support full N wifi. The N wifi standard relies on mimo (multiple input multiple output) tech utilizing multiple antennas, the mobile N chip sets only support one antenna. It makes sense not to claim N compatibility when using a partially N compatible chipset, The HTC HD2 does the same thing, it is technically an N rated wifi chipset but it only uses one antenna, therefore does not have full N support.

  • Sokar

    The benefit of having it as N is it will not slow all traffic down to G speed, 1 antenna or not. All that matters is its N.

  • Mark

    Can the Wifi be configured as a hotspot?

  • nofreakinway

    I wonder how many people got it expecting it to work as an 802.11 n device and now to find out that is does not. thats messed up.