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Last updated: 6 january, 2010 - 13:30 GMT

Will smartphones replace home computers?

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, displays Google's Nexus One smartphone, January 5 2010

Google are hoping their Nexus One smartphone will rival Apple's iphone

The internet search giant Google has launched its own brand of mobile phone as part of a strategy to to remain a key player as the web goes mobile.

Google hopes its much anticipated Nexus One phone can take on Apple's iPhone over time - and help shore up the company's dominance in internet advertising.

The BBC's Maggie Shiels reports from Silicon Valley:

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Newshour's Robin Lustig asked William Webb, an expert in mobile technology at the Royal Academy of Engineering, whether he thought people would abandon their home computers for mobile phones.

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First broadcast 5 January 2010

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