Whoa, where did that come from? The guys over at Tech Hog just got a photo of a supposed Nexus 3. Apparently, Michael Blake from Tech Hog, has a buddy that works in the Android team at Google, and this friend sent him this picture of what could become the next Google phone.
As you might recognize right away, the phone is made by HTC. Tech Hog says that Google is currently testing both an HTC and LG device, but they haven’t decided which one to go with yet. A lot of people inside the Android team seem to be pushing for the HTC device, mainly because of the great build quality that HTC devices have.
Looking at the picture below, you’ll immediately notice that there are no hardware or capacitive buttons on this device. Further proving that Google will get rid of physical buttons in Ice Cream Sandwich, just like they did with Honeycomb. According to Tech Hog, the HTC device has a front-facing camera, “freaking amazing specs”, and HSPA+ and Sprint CDMA support. Seeing how Sprint and Google are very cozy with each other right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nexus 3 launch in Sprint first.
The exterior of the device will change before release, says Tech Hog, so don’t be shocked if the Nexus 3 turns out to be a completely different device.
What do you guys think? Is this photo real or some Photoshop magic? Would you rather have the Nexus 3 made by HTC, instead of LG? Let us know in the comments.
UPDATE: Somebody has apparently asked Tech Hog to remove the picture and all the information regarding this device from its website. The plot thickens.