Google Phone Gallery launched to showcase Android devices. New hyperlocal ad feature also launched
Google’s now defunct online phone shop – where the Nexus One used to be sold – has been relaunched as the “Google Phone Gallery”, a place where customers can check out various Android handsets, and even buy them (although not directly from Google, but from carriers and resellers).
One of the first things you’ll probably notice in the Google Phone Gallery is that you can sort phones by manufacturer, operator, and country (don’t worry if you don’t find yours right now, more countries will be added over time).
Google says that all smartphones in the gallery “include Android Market, Google Search, and other Google Mobile services such as Gmail, Maps, and YouTube” – so, for example, Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate isn’t there, because it uses Bing Search instead of Google Search.
The gallery is accessible at this address.
Another thing that Google has recently launched (related not only to Android) is a new hyperlocal ad feature. Part of Google Mobile Ads, the new feature will allow mobile users to find relevant local info easier when they do a Google search. You can read more about it here are Google.