Google and Samsung are indeed working together on a phone being called Nexus Two in the media, according TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, although a major hardware bug apparently delayed the phone beyond a possible November 11th launch. The report says that the handset may not actually be called the N2, but has been dubbed that due to its stock build of Android, since the Nexus One (pictured) also lacked any OEM or carrier enhancements. As we had suspected, TechCrunch states with certainty that this device will not launch at Samsung’s Manhattan Android event tomorrow, where we should instead expect to see the dual-display Continuum.
Rumors of a Nexus Two first began several weeks ago thanks to British financial daily City A.M., which went out of its way to report that said phone would not be manufactured by Samsung. That story said that the handset would be coming to the UK by way of Carphone Warehouse. Then Gizmodo published a story claiming to have secondhand knowledge of the supposedly Gingerbread-powered device, writing that it resembled a Galaxy S but with front-facing camera. Samsung has specifically denied that it is making a Nexus Two, but since that name probably won’t be used anyway, we can’t read much into that statement. And then of course Google has hinted that there wasn’t much future for it in the hardware business, so this is really turning out to be one of the more exciting stories we’re following.