Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone. Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful). I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense. Here's why.
Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus. Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page. Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig? But I digress. Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button. Yeah. Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right? Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is. If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone? Or why anyone would for that matter. My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.
Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen. If you missed it, it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0. It even gave a link for proof . The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense. I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen. Or a 5-inch screen. Probably not even on an 10-inch screen. Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it.
Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone? Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too. Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone? Of course it will. Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button? I don't think so. (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.
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