Samsung's Nexus Two details emerge; November 8 release date?

Neowin broke an exclusive story that the Nexus Two was being developed and its release might be just around the corner, but the details were still very scarce. However, new details about the Nexus Two surfaced this week, confirming that Google was developing the Nexus One's successor.

Not only is the Nexus Two real, Gizmodo managed to get a hands-on demo of the device, but as they claim, the device is nothing like the Nexus One, instead the entire frame is completely different, and it looks very much like the Samsung Galaxy S.

Now that the device has been confirmed, although Google or Samsung won't comment on the matter, the only other issue is the name of the device. Google won't be calling this phone the "Nexus Two" because the first phone never did well on the market, selling 80,000 units in the first month.

In order for Google to have a fresh start and make people forget about the Nexus One, they need a cutting edge name and design, including a boat load of features.

Rumors suggest that the so called 'Nexus Two' will have a front-facing camera, that will work with Google Talk, and run Android 3.0 Gingerbread. Amongst all the rumors, sources say that Google and Samsung plan to officially unveil the new device on November 8.

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model number is i9010, to me that doesnt sound like it is much different from Galaxy S, if this in fact IS Googles next offering, why would they go with Samsung Galaxy S? its been almost a year since N1 came out and the specs of i9010 isnt MUCH better, only thing better is 3D... and not by much, a whole year after N1 we should see twice the performance of almost everything.

I hope this isnt Googles next offering, the i9000 is UGLY any way. Google should at least take Desire HD and make that N2 =)

Ronnie Sunde said,
model number is i9010, to me that doesnt sound like it is much different from Galaxy S, if this in fact IS Googles next offering, why would they go with Samsung Galaxy S? its been almost a year since N1 came out and the specs of i9010 isnt MUCH better, only thing better is 3D... and not by much, a whole year after N1 we should see twice the performance of almost everything.

I hope this isnt Googles next offering, the i9000 is UGLY any way. Google should at least take Desire HD and make that N2 =)

if having a thin form-factor and a powerful processor+graphics chip is you definition of ugly, then yeah it is UGLY.....

TeeeJaay said,
if having a thin form-factor and a powerful processor+graphics chip is you definition of ugly, then yeah it is UGLY.....

NOOOO, they made it look somewhat similar to the iphone 3gs (UGLY), its all plastic (cheap feeling).

Ronnie Sunde said,
a whole year after N1 we should see twice the performance of almost everything.

No, you should see double the transistors after 24 months.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law#Transistor_count_versus_computing_performance

You will NOT see double the performance after one year. Be realistic and accept incremental change. Cut throat performance benchmarks don't even make sense on mobile phones.

smithy_dll said,

No, you should see double the transistors after 24 months.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law#Transistor_count_versus_computing_performance

You will NOT see double the performance after one year. Be realistic and accept incremental change. Cut throat performance benchmarks don't even make sense on mobile phones.

I wrote double the performance because I read Samsung i9200 has a 2ghz CPU.. Droid2 and Droid X are both overclocked to 2ghz, and even 2.5ghz...

it could be all lies, but either way, a whole year after the N1 is released we could probably expect more than 1ghz... thats all!

Nexus One is indeed a great phone; I am very happy with mine. Can't wait for the Nexus Two. Also, I'm glad they got rid of the little ball roller button thing. Was pretty useless.

Xenosion said,
Nexus One is indeed a great phone; I am very happy with mine. Can't wait for the Nexus Two. Also, I'm glad they got rid of the little ball roller button thing. Was pretty useless.

I love the ball! Though if an optical thingy can achieve the same thing, I dont care.

Julius Caro said,

I love the ball! Though if an optical thingy can achieve the same thing, I dont care.

As an HTC Desire owner, I can tell you it does achieve the same thing... and without the moving parts and all the downsides that brings. I do kinda wish it lit up with multi-colours though

Xenosion said,
Nexus One is indeed a great phone; I am very happy with mine. Can't wait for the Nexus Two. Also, I'm glad they got rid of the little ball roller button thing. Was pretty useless.
The ball is useful if you do a lot of typing and editing. Seeking using fingers is always tough on cell phones due to the size of the touch sensor area.

2.3 or 3.0 whatever, let's just call it "gingerbread" to avoid confusion.

Nexus one is a great, solid phone. I hope the nexus two doesn't feel like cheap plastic.

I would strongly recommend any google phone if the android updates will be coming as straight as to nexus one, it's blessing not to wait months before(if) for release for carrier(phone dev) decides to provide update

SHADOW-XIII said,
I would strongly recommend any google phone if the android updates will be coming as straight as to nexus one, it's blessing not to wait months before(if) for release for carrier(phone dev) decides to provide update

LOL, good one. I'll be sure to tell this joke to my brother who had to wait at least a month for the version of 2.2 that worked on non-TMobile Nexus One's.

geoken said,

LOL, good one. I'll be sure to tell this joke to my brother who had to wait at least a month for the version of 2.2 that worked on non-TMobile Nexus One's.

Umm Updates to Nexus Ones are sent OTA the same day. I don't know what you are smoking.

geoken said,

LOL, good one. I'll be sure to tell this joke to my brother who had to wait at least a month for the version of 2.2 that worked on non-TMobile Nexus One's.

From what I recall, that was a leaked update the only worked on the T-Mobile version. Also if you unlocked your bootloader you can install it on the AT&T version.

2.3 makes more sense:
Eclair 2.1
Froyo 2.2 <- Just figured out that Froyo means Frozen Yogurt. (These are all desserts)
Gingerbread 2.3

I'm not surprised at Samsung taking over the reins for the flagship phone. The Epic 4g is a monster and all of the Galaxy S phones are pretty impressive.

nubs said,
2.3 makes more sense:
Eclair 2.1
Froyo 2.2 <- Just figured out that Froyo means Frozen Yogurt. (These are all desserts)
Gingerbread 2.3

I'm not surprised at Samsung taking over the reins for the flagship phone. The Epic 4g is a monster and all of the Galaxy S phones are pretty impressive.

All of the names are Desserts, not just 2.x.
Cupcake (1.5) -> Donut (1.6) -> Eclair (2.0/2.1) -> Froyo (2.2)

vice le von said,
Trying to crash wp7 US launch eh Eric Schmidt? How about a mob of angry android fans yelling outside of MS stores that day? LOL

Yelling, 'PLEASE HELP US GET AWAY FROM ANDROID! RELEASE THE WP7 PHONES! RELEASE THE PHONEZZZZZ!!! WE WANT OUR WP7 PHONESSSSS!!!!'. Haha.