Multiple Nexus phones could be heading our way
23 Aug 2012
Samsung, LG and Sony said to be working on Google phones
Back in May, the Wall Street Journal claimed Google was moving away from a solitary 'lead device' for the launch of a new Android platform, instead offering multiple makers the chance to produce hardware, which would then be sold directly by Google.
At the time, it was said to be kicking off with Jelly Bean, which was presumed to be Android 5.0. Jelly Bean has been and gone, but Android 5.0 is still to come. So the story might still stand. In fact, it probably carries more weight with some recent Android-related leaks.
First up, a document, said to be a roadmap for Japan’s Docomo network, lists three different Nexus devices. Specifically, those are said to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, LG Optimus Nexus, and Sony Xperia Nexus. That does suggest multiple Nexus phones will be heading our way on some unspecified date in the future, possibly with 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or maybe Android 5.0.
As a footnote to that story, a breakdown of one of those handsets has appeared separately online, courtesy of the Sam Mobile site. To be honest, it's not as exciting as we would like. The Samsung phone, codenamed the GT-I9260 on an internal document, is said to feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, eight-megapixel camera, 1.9-megapixel front-facer and 16GB of storage.
It's not a phone that will topple the Samsung Galaxy S III, but it's said to be cheaper than that particular device, as well as presumably being free of the Samsung add-ons, which will appeal to a significant number.
Leaks relating to the other phones are inevitable, and launches are likely before the year is out.
Sources: SamMobile and Droid Life