I reported back in mid-May that Google announced their web store would be closing soon due to the lack of the store's popularity, and it looks like they are finally getting around to closing it. Google received their last shipment of handsets from HTC not long ago, and sales of the phone are to be continued at select retail stores. For the US market, individuals interested in getting a copy of the handset should move fast, as availability in the States will be very limited.
Google does add the possibilty of expanding carrier distribution, based on "local market conditions" but how they will determine which markets may receive the Nexus One is not made clear, so I recommend staying pessimistic in regards to nearby availability.
Here is the contents of the Google Nexus One Blog post regarding the matter:
Earlier this year, we announced that we will be closing the Nexus One web store. This week we received our last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once we sell these devices, the Nexus One will no longer be available online from Google. Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold by partners including Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea, and possibly others based on local market conditions.
To ensure our developers have access to a phone with the latest Android OS, Google will be offering the Nexus One through a partner for sale to registered developers. Visit the Android Market Publisher site and log into your developer account to purchase a Nexus One.
Android Central mentions that Google "will still offer the N1 for sale to registered developers."
Phandroid notes that "For now we shed a single tear as the phone that could have changed everything inches one step closer to the end of its life."
In related Nexus One news, EuroDroid is reporting that Vodafone Germany should be pushing out Android 2.2 to Nexus One handsets in the next few days. There has been much anger from Vodafone customers as to the delay, due to fears that Vodafone is digging through FroYo and removing select features, such as tehering, from the release.
EuroDroid mentions that luckily, "a relief well is being drilled – Vodafone Germany has tweeted that the FroYo update for Vodafone Nexus phones should be here in a few days."
Image from Android Central
Source: Google Nexus One Blog