Flurry: Google sold 80,000 Nexus Ones in January

Google sold around 80,000 Nexus One units in January, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry, an indication that the online-only sales model for the phone is not generating intense demand--at least not yet.

Flurry said its analysis showed a steady trend in Nexus One sales throughout the month. The company derived its sales estimate from Nexus One owners' mobile application usage. A Google spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sales of the phone, which went on sale in early January, have likely been impacted by a number of factors. Google has spent next to nothing to market the device, which it is selling through its online Web store. By comparison, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility have spent heavily to market their high-end devices, such as the Motorola Droid and the iPhone.

Additionally, customers cannot physically touch the device before purchase, which might turn off some potential customers. The phone also is paired with only one carrier now: T-Mobile USA. It retails for $529 unlocked or $179 with a T-Mobile contract, though other operators, including Verizon, will be paired with the device later this year.

In other Android news, a new HTC-made Android device has been spotted on the Web. The so-called HTC Incredible is rumored to be for Verizon's network. It runs Android 2.1, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has HTC's Sense UI. A Verizon spokeswoman declined to comment.

For more:
- see this Dow Jones Newswires article (sub. req.)
- see this Engadget post

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