By Jaime Rivera | October 1, 2012 8:59 AM
We’ve had a ton of rumors surrounding a probable Galaxy Nexus II smartphone dubbed the Samsung i9260. There are also lots of other rumors talking about Google changing their approach towards the Nexus program and allowing more OEMs to contribute each with a Nexus device. The only thing we didn’t have was a probable date to play with the reports.
Well, the new thing starting today is that we will see either an announcement or a launch of of Google’s next Nexus smartphone in 30 days. Another interesting thing to note is that Google will most likely launch a new version of Android, though not Android 5.0 as some have speculated. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is still running on only two smartphone variants and one tablet after a couple of months of public release, so Google’s next move might just be to launch a point release of Jelly Bean with minor enhancements.
Sadly we can’t validate the source as much as we wish we could, but given the Samsung Galaxy Nexus turns a year old in November, it’s hard to argue that it’ll end-up being true. Most of us still find it hard to consider Google launching more than one Nexus device since the Nexus program has had good results, but not the groundbreaking results that would get any company that excited. Whether it’s only a newer Samsung smartphone, a return of HTC to the program, or Google’s new Moto-baby handling the parade is still to be seen, but hopefully the timeframe is early enough to cater your Black Friday shopping spree.