Google is poised to release a followup to its Nexus One smartphone in the UK, claims free British financial daily City A.M., despite that handset’s (pictured above) reportedly poor sales. This time around, states the piece, Google will distribute the so-called Nexus Two exclusively through Carphone Warehouse, as the retailer has extensive experience selling unlocked handsets. No specs were given for this purported device, although it is said to run Android 3.0 (2.3?) Gingerbread. City A.M. reports that we can expect a release “in time for Christmas.”
Frankly we’re a bit skeptical of this report, if only because such a high profile device would surely have started leaking with a purported release date so close — even Apple can’t keep it’s stuff secret anymore. On the one hand the Nexus One is/was a solid phone that reviewed well and performed capably enough to become the standard Android developer’s handset; on the other hand, Google still doesn’t seem to have much to gain from competing with other Android manufacturers, and the suggested distribution channel wouldn’t really line up with the company’s original goal of disrupting the mobile sales ecosystem.
Finally, rumors — that we’ve never heard — about the Nexus Two being manufactured by Samsung are, City A.M. assures us, believed to be untrue.