updated 12:05 pm EDT, Mon June 27, 2011
Google Nexus Prime gets detailed in leak
A follow-up scoop has filled in details of Google's third-generation Nexus phone. Currently nicknamed Prime, it may be built by Samsung for the second time in a row but would have less of Samsung's imprint than the Nexus S. The processor has been narrowed down by BGR's source to a 1.5GHz TI OMAP4460 and has fueled talk that TI is the reference for Ice Cream Sandwich just as NVIDIA's Tegra 2 was the basis for Android 3.0, or Honeycomb.
The signature 720p screen would still rely on Samsung's organic displays and might be badged as a "Super AMOLED HD" screen. Earlier tips had it carrying LTE for AT&T and others who might have their 4G networks active at the time. Ice Cream Sandwich as a shrinking of Honeycomb will drop any need for physical navigation buttons.
Google may also be working to appease concerns of favoritism in Nexus phones by co-creating multiple flagships. Although Nexus Prime would still be the reference model, Google is supposedly helping make a unique flagship Ice Cream Sandwich device for multiple phone designers and even specific carriers. The new models could all be available at roughly the same fall release schedule as the Prime.
The Nexus series has often served as the official developer platform for Android and has had the latest technologies Google plans to support, but it rarely sells in large enough numbers to pose a threat. The Nexus S was a conservative model that just added Android 2.3, NFC, and a front camera to Samsung's Galaxy S, leading it to sell in smaller numbers. If the Prime arrives as planned, it would be a unique opportunity for Google's official design to be one of the most advanced on the market and possibly serve as the most conspicuous competitor to the next iPhone.