The next ‘iPhone killer’ in Google’s Nexus One has suffered its fair share of problems, but it appears it has got a big fan in the father of Linux Linus Torvalds.
In a blog post from his personal website, Torvalds said that he “broke down” and bought the Nexus One smartphone, even though he hardly ever used his previously purchased G1 and was a self-confessed mobile phone hater.
In what looks like a great piece of publicity for the beleaguered device he said: “But I have to admit, the Nexus One is a winner. I wasn’t enthusiastic about buying a phone on the internet sight unseen, but the day it was reported that it finally had the pinch-to-zoom thing enabled, I decided to take the plunge.
“I’ve wanted to have a GPS unit for my car anyway, and I thought that Google navigation might finally make a phone useful.”
Apple fan boys may now have decided to shout “iPhone!” at this point, but Torvalds had earlier revealed that he believed in the concept of having a phone that ran Linux.
Apple’s device may have good functionality, but it has a closed-off operating system which is a source of frustration to many – though you always have the option of jailbreaking.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Nexus One, and only yesterday TechEye revealed that the smartphone was suffering a problem from cracked screens.
And Google also has a massive challenge to reverse iPhone’s dominance of the market, with figures from Dow Jones revealing that 80,000 Nexus One phones were sold in its first month, around one-eighth the number of Apple devices.