Well, it looks like we’re finally getting a little bit of clarification about the Google Nexus Two, as TechCrunch is reporting that the device will be made by Samsung, probably won’t be called the “Nexus Two,” and is now facing a delay due to hardware issues. Got all that?
I give TechCrunch’s story some weight because it was the publication which nailed the original Nexus One, for the most part. We’ve been hearing rumors swirling about the followup to the first “superphone” even though it was a commercial failure and even after Google said there wouldn’t be a sequel.
The report said that Samsung is working on a smartphone, similar to its Galaxy S devices, that would have a fresh and stock version of Android Gingerbread and that’s why it’s being referred to as the “Nexus Two.” It probably won’t be marketed that way but it could be one of the few high-profile devices that provides the direct Android Gingerbread experience.
The next version of the Android operating system should have a host of new improvements. The user interface is expected to get a major overhaul and it should make the platform ready to rumble on tablets. Also, look for video chatting to be integrated into the core of the platform.
We got the exclusive story that Android Gingerbread could be coming November 11. To be specific, we heard that the developer SDK will drop on that date.
Samsung is having an event early next week and it has been rumored that it wanted to introduce this Nexus Two at the same time but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Instead, we likely will get the Continuum. While that dual-screen Android phone seems pretty solid, it probably will not capture the imaginations of smartphone enthusiasts like the Nexus Two would.