Rumor: Google's next phone will be made by Samsung and run Android 4.0

New information regarding Google's next Nexus phone has been revealed. BGR reported earlier this month that they received exclusive information regarding the first handset running Android 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich. Today they've come back with some even more confirmed details. Apparently, the next halo Android device will be dubbed 'Nexus Prime' and will feature a Super AMOLED HD display. This, of course, indicates that the manufacturer can only be Samsung. The handset, like its Honeycomb cousins, will be completely devoid of hardware buttons and will instead rely purely on on-screen controls. To follow up on earlier rumors, the new flagship device is confirmed to be driven by a TI OMAP 4460 processor. TI's website lists feature such as 1080p recording and playback, dual core Cortex A9 internals, and a maximum clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Reportedly, the screen will be capable of displaying 720p content at its native resolution making it the highest resolution display for this type of device. In addition, it will be carrying a five megapixel shooter out back that is supposed to outperform anything we've seen on a phone yet.

That's not all, however. Unlike the launches of Android 2.0 with the DROID and Android 3.0 with the XOOM, the launch of Android 4.0 will not be exclusive to one device on one carrier. Instead, Google is said to be working with multiple manufacturers across multiple carriers to release several Ice Cream Sandwich based flagship devices at or around the same time. 

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dual screen or qwerty slider would be nice, but then im dreaming and google dont care about that they just want to beat and copy iphone all touchscreen

eilegz said,
dual screen or qwerty slider would be nice, but then im dreaming and google dont care about that they just want to beat and copy iphone all touchscreen

You make it sound like Apple invented touchscreen based devices. Also, it's not upto Google what formfactor companies use, that's the companies themselves.

These rumor mills keep turning up rumors of very different devices. First it was HTC, then it was LG, then it was HTC again, now its Samsung, and they all seemed to be "confirmed". I'm curious to know what the confirmation process of these rumors involves.
"Hm... Sounds like the best phone ever, it must be true!"

apreichner said,

"Hm... Sounds like the best phone ever, it must be true!"

Oh, come on, stop talking like an Apple fan.

TDT said,

Oh, come on, stop talking like an Apple fan.

Lol. I'm one of the rare apple fans who owns a Nexus phone and doesn't own any apple products. I feel like I've been living a lie!

vincent said,
1.5ghz? holy battery drain batman!
Not necessarily. There are a couple of Samsung phones being overclocked to that and it has negligible impact on the battery life. As an example I run my phone at 1.3 Ghz and there is virtually no difference in the battery life. In fact with my phone rooted and with a special kernel it has better battery life than the stock version.

First off:

"Unlike the launches of Android 2.0 with the DROID and Android 3.0 with the XOOM, the launch of Android 4.0 will not be exclusive to one device on one carrier. Instead, Google is said to be working with multiple manufacturers across multiple carriers to release several Ice Cream Sandwich based flagship devices at or around the same time."

Finally! Amazing!

Secondly:

"Apparently, the next halo Android device will be dubbed 'Nexus Prime' and will feature a Super AMOLED HD display. This, of course, indicates that the manufacturer can only be Samsung."

Hold on Eric. My Nexus One has a Amoled screen and is manufactured by HTC. O_o

Jmaxku said,
First off:

"Unlike the launches of Android 2.0 with the DROID and Android 3.0 with the XOOM, the launch of Android 4.0 will not be exclusive to one device on one carrier. Instead, Google is said to be working with multiple manufacturers across multiple carriers to release several Ice Cream Sandwich based flagship devices at or around the same time."

Finally! Amazing!

Secondly:

"Apparently, the next halo Android device will be dubbed 'Nexus Prime' and will feature a Super AMOLED HD display. This, of course, indicates that the manufacturer can only be Samsung."

Hold on Eric. My Nexus One has a Amoled screen and is manufactured by HTC. O_o

Super AMOLED versus standard AMOLED...Samsung has been working to get AMOLED visible in direct sunlight.

Jmaxku said,
Hold on Eric. My Nexus One has a Amoled screen and is manufactured by HTC. O_o
AMOLED (found on many different phones/devices) is way different than Super AMOLED or Super AMOLED plus (both of which can be only found on Samsung phones...at least for now).

tsupersonic said,
AMOLED (found on many different phones/devices) is way different than Super AMOLED or Super AMOLED plus (both of which can be only found on Samsung phones...at least for now).

It should be it's the best screen IMO. Contrast ratio, super saturated colors... sooo easy on the eyes. But thanks for the info. I favor HTC, but if it's a Nexus it's bound to be great.

Jmaxku said,
First off:

"Unlike the launches of Android 2.0 with the DROID and Android 3.0 with the XOOM, the launch of Android 4.0 will not be exclusive to one device on one carrier. Instead, Google is said to be working with multiple manufacturers across multiple carriers to release several Ice Cream Sandwich based flagship devices at or around the same time."

Finally! Amazing!

Secondly:

"Apparently, the next halo Android device will be dubbed 'Nexus Prime' and will feature a Super AMOLED HD display. This, of course, indicates that the manufacturer can only be Samsung."

Hold on Eric. My Nexus One has a Amoled screen and is manufactured by HTC. O_o


Isn't AMOLED the actual name of the thing, and "Super AMOLED" the commercial name? Samsumg's current super AMOLED plus are undoubtedly better than whatever was on the nexus one.

Samsung uses some of the worst plastics in its mobile devices. Seriously Google, go with someone a little more premium, yeah?

what said,
Samsung uses some of the worst plastics in its mobile devices. Seriously Google, go with someone a little more premium, yeah?

Someone really feels the same as me. Regretting buying a Samsung Android phone here because its so plastic. I am a die hard Nokia fan when it comes to build because high end phones are always top notch in terms of drop test etc.. etc

what said,
Samsung uses some of the worst plastics in its mobile devices. Seriously Google, go with someone a little more premium, yeah?

look at SGSII this is not cheap plastic

I think I may hold out for this before considering anything else, the source says fall but has anyone have a more accurate idea of how long I am to wait? I am eligible for an upgrade in Jan 2012.

Green_Eye said,
I think I may hold out for this before considering anything else, the source says fall but has anyone have a more accurate idea of how long I am to wait? I am eligible for an upgrade in Jan 2012.

end Q3 beginning Q4 2011

can't wait, i love the idea of no hardware buttons, but obviously mustn't include the power/lock button, does it?

i have thought for a long time that there doesn't seem to be a point to hardware buttons they might as well make the screen bigger and but software buttons on it

jupe said,
can't wait, i love the idea of no hardware buttons, but obviously mustn't include the power/lock button, does it?

i have thought for a long time that there doesn't seem to be a point to hardware buttons they might as well make the screen bigger and but software buttons on it

Nope. it'll be like Android 3.0 now, a tiny strip at the bottom with the buttons to minimize and close apps. It'll be nice, and considering it'll still take up the same space hardware buttons would (If the screen is extended to fit the whole device).. Then it'll look flush.

jupe said,
can't wait, i love the idea of no hardware buttons, but obviously mustn't include the power/lock button, does it?

i have thought for a long time that there doesn't seem to be a point to hardware buttons they might as well make the screen bigger and but software buttons on it

Software buttons waste screen space when the application is running, on my Desire i like all the buttons except the search one.

Home button can quickly exit out of an application.
Menu button is great to bring up on screen buttons that are not always required.
Back button is great for going back to the previous page / item with ease
Search button - always thought this was pointless personally, never had no use for it.

The trackball is nice to scroll through text as it can be quicker then trying to pinpoint something by touching on the screen.

I guess its personal preference really, but I have always liked how my Desire has a few buttons compared to the one button iPhones have.

SharpGreen said,

Yea, let someone who knows what they're doing make it. Instead of crappy samsung.

Then from who? Nokia? (they are WP7 now), Motorola? (crappy Locked bootloaders), who's left?

Twisp said,

HTC has problems too, I'd rather it be made by Samsung.

Yup Samsung is the right choice!

HTC are crap when you put them up again the Galaxy S's

tsupersonic said,
Samsung again? Bummer.

I've got no complaints with my Galaxy S so far. It works fine.

What problems have you had with yours?