Rumour: Will we see a new Nexus phone and a new Android release in the next 30 days?
Android and Me is reporting a rumour from multiple industry sources that claim that we should expect to see a new Nexus phone, replete with a new point release of Android, in the next 30 days. Interestingly, the sources claim that the device has already been leaked through blogs, which likely narrows the field down to a couple of devices that we’ve heard of before: an Optimus Nexus by LG and a 5-inch phablet by HTC.
Recently, Google has managed to keep things hush-hush; we’ve seen little concrete evidence of a new version of Android which A&M interprets to be a 4.2 rather than a 5.0 overhaul. The Optimus G has already been announced, the Droid Incredible HD for Verizon has been spotted, both of which could plausibly form the basis of the next Nexus phone. On the whole though, Google and its OEM partner (whoever it is) has done a very good job of controlling any leaks, which is more than can be said about other recent phone announcements (*ahem* Apple *ahem*).
The timing of this announcement makes sense – it’s been a while since the last phone-related announcement by Google, they would very likely not want to miss the important pre-Christmas sales season, and perhaps they’re also hoping to take a little edge off Microsoft’s combined Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch at the end of this month.
One other interesting point on which to speculate – the Galaxy Nexus is no longer on sale at any major Australian carriers and phone retailers, which indicates it could be about time for a new Nexus phone. Considering the success Google has had at selling the Nexus 7 through its own channels, it could also be possible that they’re planning to sell this new device through their own distribution channels in the same way.
Should we expect to see Google to make an Android/Nexus related announcement in the next 30 days? Sound off in the comments!