Google usually announces their new Nexus branded smartphone during last quarter of the year. October has just begun and we should be hearing about the next Nexus in the coming days.
However, a video online showcasing the actual Google’s Nexus website might have already indicated what is in store for the fans of the Nexus brand.
If we are to believe the images in the video, Google is expected to launch two new devices:
The first one is pretty obvious. A larger version of their massively successful Nexus 7 Tablet. A 10” edition should be launched in the coming days and is likely to be named Google Nexus 10.
The other device is sort of a disappointment. It looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone but has some major differences. The positioning of the front facing camera and the smaller bezel indicates that we are getting an enhanced edition of the same model.
We assume Google would launch it as Galaxy Nexus II. It is expected to be powered by a faster processor and more RAM. We might even see more powerful camera units in this update. Smaller bezel means that we might have a slightly larger display.
I am not a fan of Android devices made by Samsung. Build quality is rather poor and they have already made the last two Nexus smartphones. A third one would be a shocker considering the rumors in the market.
I was expecting Sony or LG to get a chance this time around. Maybe even Motorola considering they are now owned by Google. But this video surely indicates that we are getting another Samsung device.
There is another element to this story. All the Nexus branded devices have launched with a new edition of the Android platform. Nexus One launched with Froyo. Nexus S arrived with Gingerbread. Galaxy Nexus had Ice Cream Sandwich. Nexus 7 featured Jelly Bean.
We are yet to hear anything about the next Android update likely to be named Key Lime Pie. I do not expect Google to release another update of Android so soon after the arrival of Jelly Bean.
This is probably the reason why Google is not going with a new manufacturer and would just launch a tablet and a smartphone with minor enhancements. And both of these devices should come with Jelly Bean only.