When the Nexus One was launched by Google last year, the idea was to get the phone onto every major carrier in the U.S. It started on T-Mobile, made its way to AT&T, but failed to ever materialize for Verizon and Sprint. This time around, T-Mobile was first for the Nexus S, and it looks like AT&T may be getting its own model, too.
The Nexus S is the first Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone by Google, and it’s made by Samsung and is very Galaxy-esque. When it was released, the assumption was that, like its predecessor, it would eventually be built with AT&T 3G compatible bands. It looks like that very model has made its way through the FCC and could be released some time soon.
Acording to PocketNow:
So far three Nexus S versions have gone through the FCC: the original GT-i9020, followed by the GT-i9020T and GT-i9023. But thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, we now know that a fourth variant exists which hasn’t appeared in any other databases, including the FCC: GT-i9020A. According to the descriptions of these models on the Bluetooth certificates, all are destined for North America except i9023, which is supposedly bound for Europe.
Of course, the Nexus S on AT&T will have some pretty hot Android handsets to contend with – namely the Motorola Atrix 4G, which will feature a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. The Atrix 4G will also power a dock that looks like a laptop computer.
This is good news for AT&T as it looks to pump its Android line-up while it loses iPhone exclusivity to Verizon. Phones like the Nexus S and Atrix 4G are definitely solid additions to the carrier’s portfolio, and hopefully we’ll be seeing some sexier Windows Phone handsets this year, too. Oh, and fingers crossed that the quad-band Nexus S will come in white, too.