Google Nexus Two Coming Nov. 8 with Gingerbread?
The blogosphere is rife with rumors of a follow up to Google's branded Android smartphone -- the Nexus Two -- being made by Samsung and launching Nov. 8 with a new update of the mobile operating system, Android 2.3, or Gingerbread. In addition to blogs such as AndroidandMe citing anonymous sources of a Nov. 8 launch of the Nexus Two here in the U.S., there are also blog posts today reporting the rumor of a Nexus Two coming to the U.K. in time for the holidays, stemming from an article in City A.M. Industry watchers have been anticipating the release of Gingerbread, but Google has yet to disclose any details of when it will make the refreshed mobile OS code available. Generally, mobile OS updates are first released to developers, with the eventual roll out to users' handsets administered by the phone companies. Google's custom is to decorate the lawn of its campus with life-size mascots dedicated to the desert names it gives to Android versions, and some reports say the arrival of a giant-sized Gingerbread man on the Google campus means that the refresh of the Linux mobile OS is coming soon. If reports are true, the Nexus Two will be sold by multiple carriers. The HTC Nexus One debuted in January, and at first was sold exclusively online at Google's own dedicated Web site for the handset, but in May, the search giant shuttered the N1 e-store.
When the Nexus One shipped, it was the first smartphone at the time to come with Android 2.1, or Eclair, and bloggers are saying they expect the Nexus Two will follow suit by being the first handset to be running Gingerbread, which could be numbered version 2.3 or 3.0. By press time, Google and Samsung had not returned calls seeking comment.