Michael Arrington of TechCrunch confirmed our reports of a “Nexus Two” phone being produced by Google and Samsung, but testers who were dogfooding the device discovered a “serious hardware issue” and this week’s launch has been delayed. No details were provided on what type of issue was causing the hold up, but Samsung has a history of GPS issues with their Galaxy S lineup and this Nexus phone is said to be quite similar.
Their report goes on to suggest that the Samsung never planned to unveil the Nexus phone at their NYC press event on November 8th, but they heard it was initially planned to be released on November 11th along with Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Despite what TechCrunch says was or was not planned for November 8th, Samsung also had their CTIA press conference (Oct. 7th) cancelled at the last minute so this wouldn’t be the first time they changed their plans. I believe that last time Samsung was waiting on Google to finish Android 2.3, but we all know that has occurred and now it looks like Samsung is responsible for this setback.
When it comes to the exact product name for this new Samsung phone, I have heard quite a few conflicting reports so it’s anyone’s guess as to what will actually happen. I’ve communicated with several testers who referred to the phone as both “Nexus Two” and “Nexus S”, but they could just be repeating what they read on the blogs. For all we know, there could be some dispute between Google and Samsung over what the device will be called and it’s not clear over who gets to make that decision.
I will keep referring to it as a Nexus device because it will be sold unlocked, direct to customers through big-box retail stores and feature a “clean install” of Android 2.3.
We have no idea how long this “hardware issue” will delay the phone, but I recently contacted Google to see if they had any Android-related press events and was told that nothing is currently planned. Either Google is not holding a press event for the release of Android 2.3 this week, or they will hold off and work with Samsung to fix their bugs.
Whatever happens, it’s unfortunate that this highly-anticipated phone has been delayed again, but at least Samsung has increased their quality control efforts which we hope we will result in a problem-free launch.
So it appears unlikely we will see Samsung unveil their secret Google-experience phone tomorrow night, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more details leaked out. We know they are testing the device around the clock so I’m sure a few units will be in-house (or in-jacket).
Right now I still think it is worth taking a pause if you were considering purchasing a new Android phone. We full expect Samsung’s Nexus phone will be the top Android phone this Christmas, until 2011 when the dual-cores start coming out.