Google confirms third Nexus handset

A lot of Google news recently, due entirely to this week's Google I/O conference. But one snippet seems to have missed the headlines, the potential arrival of a third Google Nexus handset.

Google hasn't commented on a new Nexus in the past, but speaking to the Android and Me site, Google Mobile chief Andy Rubin confirmed that one is in the pipeline: 'The Nexus has been the thing that we used to set the bar, and there's always going to be new ones coming out in the market...we'll make an announcement at some point in the future.'

If it plays out over a similar timescale as the first two Google phones, that's likely to be at the latter end of 2011, ready to wow the UK early in 2012. There's another reason for that launch date too. Yesterday, we told you about Google Ice Cream Sandwich, the forthcoming Google operating system that will work across smartphones and tablets, adapting to the screen size automatically. That is launching at the tail end of the year, with Google likely to be releasing a device or two to show it off. The new Nexus phone will be the perfect vehicle to show its skills on a smartphone.

That is backed up by the Android and Me site, which also believes the new phone will be made by LG and powered by the Tegra 3 Kal-El processor. More news (and almost certainly leaks) to follow.

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