Google Nexus S could have been Nexus Two

Google Nexus S could have been Nexus Two
Google Nexus S could have been Nexus Two

There are more signs that the just-announced Google Nexus S was very close to being called the Nexus Two.

Google’s YouTube page for the Android superphone calls to a domain called “nexustwophone.appspot.com.” This is despite the fact that the company’s CEO Eric Schmidt said the company wouldn’t be making a sequel to the world’s first superphone.

Of course, this is likely just an internal name that found its way into the final coding.

TechCrunch is reporting that the reason the final name came to be is that Samsung didn’t like being number two. Potty references aside, I’m sure Samsung wanted to be able to stand out from the Nexus One, as well as push its “S” brand which is also gaining traction with the Galaxy S lineup.

Regardless of what the name was, the Google Nexus S looks like a pretty hot Android phone. It features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that’s contoured, a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera for video chatting and all the connectivity you’d expect form a device of this class.

One of the most exciting things about the Google Nexus S is that it will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it will be a pure, untouched Google experience. This latest version includes support for SIP, NFC and it features a hot of new user interface elements and improved performance overall for new apps.

The search giant showed off one of these Gingerbread-only apps with the latest version of its mapping software. The Google Maps for Mobile 5 includes vector drawings and offline modes and it looks pretty darn good.

Some may be disappointed that the Nexus S doesn’t include a dual-core processor or have support for T-Mobile’s so-called 4G network, but it still looks like a good device for Android fans. Any of you taking the plunge?

[Via Engadget, TechCrunch]

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