Nexus Two coming soon to the UK?

Google may have abandoned their online phone store model, but that doesn't mean they plan to completely exit the self-branded phone market. We know that when previously asked, Google refused to answer any questions about a possible Nexus Two, leading people to believe that there was still a chance of its existence. Well, the rumors are set to storm across the Internet once more.

According to an exclusive report in City AM, the Nexus Two, or whatever Google plans to call it, is real and coming to the UK before the holidays.

THE SECOND Google-branded mobile phone will hit the UK in time for Christmas through an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse, City A.M. has learned.

Its predecessor, the Nexus One, is the flagship device for the search giant, which is desperately trying to wrest market share from Apple’s iPhone.

The deal with Carphone represents a major rethink of Google’s sales strategy, with the Nexus One released exclusively in the UK through Vodafone.

An industry source said: “It looks like Google is experimenting with the future of its mobile model in the UK. It tried releasing through a single carrier, now it is trying a single retailer.

“It could be a solution to the problems it experienced when it tried to sell the Nexus One exclusively through its website. People like to be able to go to a store – this solves that."

The article goes on to say that the new phone is expected to run Gingerbread (which will be either Android 2.3 or 3.0), making the new version of the OS an almost-sure thing before year's end. This new information, combined with the recent addition of the Gingerbread Man at the Googleplex, should have the Android community feeling pretty confident about its imminent release.

Neither Carphone nor Google have issued a comment. It looks like the wait will just have to continue.

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Hope N2 is real cause otherwise my N1 being sold in new year & an HTC Desire HD being sorted on contract :-o

My wife loves her N1. Be interested to see an G2.

The main advantage is to get the most current Android OS almost the same time it's officially released since it's there reference phone they use.

The N1 was my first Android powered device, and I LOVED it. I didn't know much about rooting, and was applying updates to my rooted phone, and accidentally deleted everything. ;( I put it up on Craigslist for 100 bucks, and someone bought it, and restored it on the spot. I was so upset.

Now I'm on the EVO, and loving that.

Jaybot said,
The N1 was my first Android powered device, and I LOVED it. I didn't know much about rooting, and was applying updates to my rooted phone, and accidentally deleted everything. ;( I put it up on Craigslist for 100 bucks, and someone bought it, and restored it on the spot. I was so upset.

Now I'm on the EVO, and loving that.

oh dear...

Have had the Nexus One for a while. It still gives all the newer Android phones a run for its money. Noise cancellation ensures excellent call quality. Battery life is good for its type of device. Would happily buy another Google phone, if only for the vanilla implementation of the O/S and the guarantee of future updates to the O/S without waiting for HTC or Samsung to mess around with their own front end software.

mp1963 said,
Have had the Nexus One for a while. It still gives all the newer Android phones a run for its money. Noise cancellation ensures excellent call quality. Battery life is good for its type of device. Would happily buy another Google phone, if only for the vanilla implementation of the O/S and the guarantee of future updates to the O/S without waiting for HTC or Samsung to mess around with their own front end software.

Agreed. Nexus one is hand one the best phone I have ever owned. And I think it's the only phone that offers stock Android 2.2 (though I think G2 is pretty much unmodified).

mp1963 said,
Have had the Nexus One for a while. It still gives all the newer Android phones a run for its money. Noise cancellation ensures excellent call quality. Battery life is good for its type of device. Would happily buy another Google phone, if only for the vanilla implementation of the O/S and the guarantee of future updates to the O/S without waiting for HTC or Samsung to mess around with their own front end software.

Yep. I ended up getting the Desire. Very similar to the N1 but you're right, it is an advantage not being forced to use sense and to not have to wait for updates through the "chain of command"

I just got the N1 last week and I LOVE it and I don't regret the purchase a single bit. It is bigger than my Krzr but I feel it is lighter. With the protective case it maybe the same.

sullysnet said,
I just got the N1 last week and I LOVE it and I don't regret the purchase a single bit. It is bigger than my Krzr but I feel it is lighter. With the protective case it maybe the same.

Every smartphone is bigger than that phone.

If Carphone Warehouse took the Nexus One/Two I'd have got that over the Desire. Infact, if there is a Two, that'll be my upgrade.

jbrooksuk said,
If Carphone Warehouse took the Nexus One/Two I'd have got that over the Desire. Infact, if there is a Two, that'll be my upgrade.

What does it have over the desire ?

Gaffney said,

What does it have over the desire ?
Noise cancellation, Trackball on the Nexus, but not Desire. More but I forget...

And the Nexus One did all that good ? I think the Nexus One failed as you could only get it for a short period of time, and there was so many competition. And I bet it will be the same for the Nexus 2. We have the iPhone 4,HTC Desire HD and more. And the cost was too high anyway.

TechDudeGeorge said,
And the Nexus One did all that good ? I think the Nexus One failed as you could only get it for a short period of time, and there was so many competition. And I bet it will be the same for the Nexus 2. We have the iPhone 4,HTC Desire HD and more. And the cost was too high anyway.

The nexus one was never really sold or marketed that well. If Google used their marketing power, I recon they could garner enough sales to compete.

TechDudeGeorge said,
And the Nexus One did all that good ? I think the Nexus One failed as you could only get it for a short period of time, and there was so many competition. And I bet it will be the same for the Nexus 2. We have the iPhone 4,HTC Desire HD and more. And the cost was too high anyway.

You forget that Google did very little to advertise the Nexus One. With a proper advertising campaign and the availability of Carphone Warehouse stores throughout the UK this one could fare much better. Also, the Nexus One lacks certain features that other handsets are appearing with (A front facing camera for one) so an update to the dev handset would make sense, especially when Gingerbread is rumoured to bring features for these new hardware additions.