Best Buy has seemingly posted and quickly pulled both a pre-order ad and product page for the so-called “Google Nexus S,” which may be the rumored Nexus One followup said to be manufactured by Samsung. The ad, still viewable thanks to Google cache (see source link below), reads: “Pure Google. The Nexus S. Available only at Best Buy this holiday season.” Unfortunately the accompanying image is broken, and following the pre-order link leads to a blank page — which is, however, titled “Google Nexus S.”
First rumored by British financial daily City A.M. and then allegedly confirmed by both Gizmodo and AOL’s TechCrunch, the phone originally referred to as the Nexus Two was said to be an exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK, but this American Best Buy ad clearly states that the Nexus S will land on T-Mobile — the same network which supported but did not sell the Nexus One. According to the Gizmodo report, we can expect a Gingerbread-powered Galaxy S-like slate with front-facing camera, intended to replace the N1 as the de facto Android developer device.
The original rumored launch date for this handset — November 8th, when Samsung and Verizon launched the Continuum — has come and gone, although TechCrunch reports that it is seeing delays due to a serious hardware issue. Despite our initial skepticism, a Nexus One sequel is looking more and more probable each day, quickly turning into one of the most anticipated devices this side of Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation phone.