Update: A source at Carphone Warehouse, who wishes to remain
anonymous, has told CNET UK that the 'invisishield for Samsung Nexus 2'
has been present on the company's inventory system for months and
months, and could well be a defunct product code for 2010's Nexus S or
the original Galaxy Nexus. That doesn't mean Samsung isn't cooking up a
sequel, but certainly pours water on this particular leak. Original story follows:
The Nexus family of Google gadgets could be about to grow, as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 has been spied, reportedly listed as part of Carphone Warehouse's inventory system.
The above snap, sent to Droid Life, lists an 'Invisishield' (it's a type of screen protector) for a 'Samsung Nexus 2', which -- if real -- could only be a follow-up smart phone to the popular Galaxy Nexus.
Unlike Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Nexus is powered by a raw version of Android, still warm from the Google oven, and doesn't feature any manufacturer-imposed skins or extra apps. This meant it was one of the very first devices to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when it was released in the summer.
A sequel to the Nexus therefore would be a shoo-in to ship with the latest edition of Android, and I'd wager Samsung would sneak in one of the quad-core chips that's occupying its newer devices too, just to keep things up-to-date.
The Galaxy Nexus was released in November last year, so if the sequel is real, expect to see it within the next month or so.
Also spied in the inventory system is a 32GB Nexus 7. Currently Google's Asus-built 7-inch tablet comes in only 8GB and 16GB options, so word of a higher-capacity model could be good news for anyone who hoards music and high-definition video. The price will increase with the storage space, however.
The Nexus devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, as they let you tinker and customise without manufacturer-added software getting in the way. Does the prospect of either a Galaxy Nexus 2 or a 32GB Nexus 7 get your pulse racing? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.
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