Welcome to another post that focuses on Nexus rumors from around the web as the count-down towards Google’s Android event on October 29th get going. As a recap, Android turns 5 this year and this, coupled with rumors that Google may open up the Nexus program to more than 1 manufacturer has set the Android community in a frenzy of anticipation. Speculation has been rife on whether Google will release 5 new Nexus devices to celebrate Android’s 5th birthday. But, first things first. There’s another Android related birthday that just happened.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus turned 1 year old on October 19th and Google posted on the Galaxy Nexus’ Google+ page with a tantalizing hint.
“Happy birthday +Galaxy Nexus, you were born one year ago, on October 19th. Soon you are going to meet your younger brother(s) ;)”
Google is teasing the possibility of more than 1 Nexus phones and while I wouldn’t put it past anyone to milk on the interest, rumors and speculation to heighten anticipation, I do hope that it isn’t the case here.
In other Nexus rumors, it has been all but confirmed that at least one Nexus device will be released by LG in the coming weeks. The name has been widely spotted as LG Nexus 4. This Nexus 4 is said to be based on the LG Optimus G, a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset (Krait-cores) and a 2GB RAM. However, as with all Nexus devices to date, it is said to be without a microSD card. This device has generated a lot of negative comments as the minimal storage of 8-16GB is not deemed to be sufficient by many folks. Personally, I definitely think 8GB is not enough. 16GB is the bare minimum and I think I can live with that. But I would like to get a 32GB storage if possible.
Samsung also has been widely speculated to release a sequel to its popular Galaxy Nexus and earlier on, it was rumored that a device bearing the model number I9260 would be that very sequel. However, it was then revealed that I9260 would probably NOT be a Nexus device at all. Reports are pointing towards a Galaxy Premier which provides an upgrade over the Galaxy Nexus primarily by upgrading the camera to 8MP and adding on a microSD slot.
However, the most recent rumor has pointed towards Samsung testing a Nexus 10 device. This would probably be a Tab rather than a phone if the numbering scheme for Nexus devices continues the trend.
Sony and HTC were earlier rumored to release Nexus devices as well but rumors have been non-existent unless you count the very-likely-to-be-fake image of the Sony Nexus phone.
In Malaysia, over the past week or so, I have seen the Galaxy Nexus disappearing from some online retailers. This either points to them being unwilling to bring in more Galaxy Nexus as they look forward to new Nexus devices, the customer demand has slowed down due to anticipation for new Nexus devices or supply drying up due to Samsung no longer producing Nexus devices.
For those who wish to get their hands on the 1 year old Galaxy Nexus, I would think it is best to get it before it is too late. Currently, DiGi still offers the Galaxy Nexus as part of their Smart Plan phone bundle (Galaxy S2 and Galaxy W are already taken off) and 1 or 2 other online retailers but stock may be limited as a friend of mine recently inquired at a DiGi store in Sabah reports a 3-4 week waiting period for a Galaxy Nexus.
This is not a very good news to me as I was hoping to wait for the next Nexus announcement and see what is being offered before choosing between the new Nexus or the still strong Galaxy Nexus. If the trend of dwindling Galaxy Nexus continues, I may be forced to consider only new Nexus or other manufacturer devices.
Well, nothing much I can do about that for now as I am still reluctant to spend on the Galaxy Nexus (priced at roughly RM1100 for AP sets and RM1450 for Original SME sets) when knowing that in a week or so, new Nexus devices may be out at about the same price (or slightly higher). In any case, it is going to be an exciting time for Android devices. Oh yeah, before I forget, Android 4.2 is also rumored to be released along with the new Nexus devices on October 29th.
Excited yet? You bet I am.
Update: The Sony Nexus phone images have been confirmed to be fake. Read here for more info.