Following rumours of an exclusive launch with Carphone Warehouse, another Google Nexus Two rumour has bubbled up claiming the handset will be made by Samsung and will be announced next month.
According to a post on Android and me, “multiple, trusted sources familiar with the project” say Samsung will announce the phone at a press conference in New York City on November 8th.
While an anonymous source is nothing new, not even mentioning how any of these sources are “familiar with” the project raises a few eyebrows. How hard would it to be say if they work for Google or Samsung?
We think a Nexus Two is unlikely. Google didn’t have the best experience with the original Nexus One and they have already denied they wanted to follow it up. Speaking to The Telegraph in July, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the Nexus One had been so successful he decided to kill it.
“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward,” said Schmidt. “It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’”.
Despite Schmidt’s optimistic interpretation, the Nexus One was widely considered a bit of a failure, withdrawn not long after launch, and eclipsed by the almost identical HTC Desire.
Samsung may well be revealing the first phone powered by Android 3.0 (codenamed Gingerbread), and it might be possible that it won’t have a Samsung skin on it, but it’s unlikely that it will be Google or Nexus-branded.
Either way, as the video below shows, Google certainly looks ready to unveil Android’s latest version…