Google's first mobile phone, the Nexus One, is unlikely to meet its original UK shipping deadline of mid-March, the search engine has revealed.

The Nexus One was unveiled by Google in January. Initially, the handset was only available in the US, although Google said Vodafone would offer the Nexus One in the UK "in the Spring". There was much speculation that it would land this month.

 

However, the search engine has now confirmed it won't hit British shelves until mid-April, confirming a Daily Telegraph report at the beginning of this month which claimed mid-April was the 'realistic' shipping date.

The smartphone, which is manufactured by HTC, is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor and features a 3.7in 480x800-pixel AMOLED screen.

Brits that want to get their hands on the phone now have to purchase a SIM-free device through Google's webstore, and pay delivery and import charges to have the handset shipped to the UK.

Alternatively, both Play.com and Expansys are also stocking the handset, although its listed at a whopping £599. That's more than purchasing the device from Google's webstore and paying the tax and improt charges.

The news comes as Vodafone listed the Google Nexus One on its website as 'coming soon'. Consumers can register for updates on when the handset will be made available at Vodafone's dedicated web page.

Sales of the handset could be suffer however, as Vodafone also revealed it will be stocking the HTC Desire from April.

The HTC Desire is nearly exactly the same as the Google Nexus One, but provides an optical joystick in place of the Nexus One's trackball. The handset also comes with an FM radio and an updated version of HTC's Sense user interface (UI).

Vodafone joins Orange and T-Mobile, which will also be offering HTC's latest smartphone in the UK, from next month.

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