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These Nexus rumors sound fishy - should you take the bait?

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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Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I don't care who makes it, what "buttons" it has, or what crazy screen resolution it has....I just want it to come to Verizon!
    "But we were also told that Samsung will produce Super AMOLED Plus at higher resolutions - and achieve over 300ppi. Today we learned that Samsung plans to move from Fine-Metal-Mask (FMM) technology to laser-induced thermal imaging (LITI). This will enable them to achieve much higher resolutions."
    I don't think it's impossible.
  • Even states that "Samsung currently can't make such a high PPI AMOLED (unless they move to LITI, but this isn't expected anytime soon)". Posted today. The tech does not exist yet.
  • I call BS. There will be no buttons, at all, outside of power and volume rocker, and maybe a camera button. However, I suspect that there will be heavy Google+ integration in the new OS. And I believe that there will be a retine-like, 720p display to go along with it. Who makes it? I do not care. As long as it's elegant in design, and made of something that is NOT shiny black plastic; matte works for me if it is plastic. Though some people complain about Sammy's "placticky" phones, I like the lightness and feel of them, and they are quite durable, as I have dropped my NS4G and Epic many many times with very, very minimal damage. This is going to be a longggg, impatient wait!
  • Journalism on here has gone to shit
  • Agreed, they won't have AMOLED that dense in time. But I hope the 720p remains true. There are at least two 720p LCD displays that will be in production. I hope it has the 4.5" Hitachi IPS display.
  • I think LG also has a 4.5" AH-IPS 720p display. Sounds nice to me.
  • Hate to break it to you but its never gonna come to VZW. I'm switching to TMO the day it comes out. ETF be damned.
  • That may be, & if it doesn't, I won't be getting it because I am with VZW because they have the best reception hands down where I live & also frequently travel. If they didn't, I wouldn't be with them right now because Sprint & T-Moblie are cheaper but it does me no good to save a few $ on a device that I can't use every time I need it. I would love to have a Nexus device, I was waiting for the Nexus One when it was "coming soon to Verizon" on their site, but they decided to relase the Droid Incredible instead.
  • I would "settle" for a qHD SAMOLED+ display. I'm anxious about the next Nexus platform with all the recent hardware advancements and ice cream sandwich being such a roll up/merge. Whatever it has, I just want one. :)
  • If Google's new path is social networking integrated into their phones I will probably stop using Android. I hate social networking.
  • I thought ice cream wasn't supposed to have buttons. All on screen, right?
  • Google + dedicated button ? Really ?
    A dedicated button for a service that only works in the US ! If it was for a CDMA phone , I might believe it , but a GSM ? Unlikely
    Besides , there is the whole IceCream Sandwitch going buttonless manner Regarding the screen :
    720p screen ? As in 1280x720 HD ?
    as I recall allot of apps can't scale right on a MDPI or qHD screens Personlly I don't care who makes it (HTC , Samsung , LG , Nokia , ...etc) , I'll stay away from the Nexus Series Guys don't get your hopes up too high for this , it might be a Nexus S all over again
  • G+ definitely works outside the US:
  • So wait, the next version of Android is not going to have a back, home, menu or search capacitive buttons? Will those be part of the UI then I assume?
  • If they put it on Sprint, it has World phone capability, and 16GB of internal storage with SD card slot for expansion, I'm in. Otherwise my next phone upgrade will be the Photon, whenever it appears.
  • Please stop posting rumors I am not able to control my excitement about it and I end up thinking about it all day long.
    This will surely be my next device after droid1
  • You've been on the OG Droid all this time? That's some dedication, bro. Nice.
  • I'm another OGD faithful here. Bionic's been out for a few days & it's tempting, but I'm hoping it'll last until the Prime drops, assuming 1/3 of the rumored specs are true!
  • As long as this phone pushes the spec boundaries again like the Nexus ONE and isn't just another clone of another phone (Nexus S) then I will get it. I want Quad Core or a crazy powerful Dual Core, 4-4.3 inch screen, good sound, thin, 1GB of ram or more. If it shows up on Sprint, I'll get it. Any other carrier and no. I'm with T-Mobile and soon AT&T and I'd rather use a go phone before giving AT&T my money again. Verizon are just as bad. $299 for that outdated POS Droid Charge? Expensive tiered data plans? Seriously Verizon? Screw you. I hope they start hemorrhaging customers. A LOT of customers.
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