Mar 21 AT 1:09 AM Taylor Wimberly 34 Comments

Android Rumors Report: Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.0.5, HTC One X, Galaxy S III


Welcome to another new weekly column where we round up all the Android-related rumors and discuss the validity of each one. Everyone seems to love our original rumor reports, but we thought it would be fun to examine the rumors from around the web and share our thoughts on the possibility of them coming true. Read on for this week’s latest Android rumors.

Galaxy Nexus coming to Sprint on April 15th

Rumor: Robert Herron of S4Gru reports that Sprint has set April 15th as the target launch date for their Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The device will arrive before Sprint’s LTE network goes live, so it will have LTE disabled when it ships.

Our thoughts: Earlier this month I speculated the Sprint Galaxy Nexus could launch around April 16th, based on details from a contest. I don’t know Robert Herron and I’ve never read anything else he wrote, so I’m not sure of his track record. We think it sounds reasonable, but we all know how feeble target launch dates have become.

Probability: 80%

Galaxy Nexus coming to more US carriers

Rumor: Jerry Hildenbrand of Android Central reports the Galaxy Nexus is coming to regional carrier I Wireless on March 21st. Other unsourced rumors have suggested the Galaxy Nexus will be sold unlocked to US customers.

Our thoughts: I have met Jerry Hildenbrand and I think he’s a respectable guy, so I believe him when he says he has proof of the Galaxy Nexus coming to I Wireless. We have thought that Verizon had some kind of limited exclusive on the Galaxy Nexus launch in the US, so this I Wireless phone could signal the end of that deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google started selling the unlocked GSM version of Galaxy Nexus on their site soon.

Probability: 99%

Android 4.0.5 to arrive in April

Rumor: Verizon insider @black_man_x tweets that Android 4.0.5 is in testing and coming to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in early April.

Our thoughts: Last month, Mobile Syrup reported that Android 4.0.5 was coming to the Galaxy Nexus in March, but that has yet to happen. I don’t know the “Mobile Panda”, but many other bloggers seem to trust the guy. He has close ties to Verizon, so I’ll take his word that Android 4.0.5 is currently being tested. However, we are talking about Verizon pushing out a software update on time, and that could change at any moment.

Google has been taking a lot of heat for slow Nexus updates, so hopefully they are making sure this gets done on time. Check out the report on the leaked build of Android 4.0.4 for a list of possible fixes coming with the next update.

Probability: 70%

HTC One V coming to Virgin Mobile US for under $200

Rumor: Evan Blass of PocketNow reports the HTC One V is coming to Virgin Mobile US later this year.

Our thoughts: If you don’t know by now, Evan Blass is the ultimate HTC insider. He even has his own tag on our site. I’ve recently become friends with the guy and I trust everything he reports. Virgin Mobile is one of the leading pre-paid brands and the HTC One V was made to be sold around $200, so I believe this report to be true.

Probability: 100%

HTC One X coming to Sprint on June 10th

Rumor: Andrew J. Shepherd of S4Gru reports that Sprint will launch their version of the HTC One X on June 10th, two years after the original HTC EVO 4G went on sale.

Our thoughts: Again, we don’t know these S4Gru guys, but they seem to have a good inside source to be making such bold claims. We already reported on rumors that the One X was coming to Sprint, and we still believe them to be true. The only question remains the final product name (something with EVO) and the exact launch date. Sprint and HTC are holding a press event on April 4th, so we should learn more details soon. June 10th is still a couple months away and product launches change all the time, so I wouldn’t circle that date on my calendar just yet.

Probability: 60%

Sony chooses Tegra 3 for future tablets

Rumor: Laura Benedetti of Notebook Italia reports that Sony could be working on a direct successor to the Sony Tablet S that is powered by the quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

Our thoughts: There was a leaked NenaMark benchmark score (now removed) that showed a mysterious Sony device with the model number V150. The device featured a 1.4 GHz Tegra 3 processor, display with resolution 1280 x 752, and Android 4.0.3. Sony has released several tablets with Tegra 2 (Sony Tablet S and Tablet P), so it’s logical they could be working on another device. However, there are not enough details present to really make a call on this device. It could be the next PlayStation certified phone for all we know.

Probability: 50%

All the Samsung Galaxy S III rumors

None of these are the final Samsung Galaxy S III design.

Quad-core processor: The Korea Times reports the Galaxy S III will feature a quad-core processor.

Our thoughts: This rumor goes way back and is nothing new. The way we see it, Samsung has two choices for the Galaxy S III. They either go with the Exynos 4412 (quad-core Cortex-A9) or the Exynos 5250 (dual-core Cortex-A15). Previously I wrote that if I were Samsung, I’d push back the product launch and go with the much faster Exynos 5250. Most people thought the new iPad would be quad-core CPU and they were wrong, and I think this CPU choice could also surprise people.

Probability: 50%

Integrated LTE: The Korea Times and other blogs report the Galaxy S III will feature a processor with an integrated LTE modem.

Our thoughts: Samsung does not integrate modems with their system-on-a-chip (SoC) like Qualcomm does. We have no doubt the Galaxy S III will be LTE-capable and use a Samsung LTE modem (just like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus), but it will not be integrated into the SoC. Maybe the Exynos 6 series will have integrated LTE, but you will not find it on Exynos 4 chips or Exynos 5250.

Probability: 2%

March 22nd announcement: South African site phonerpt is reporting that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S III this week.

Our thoughts: Really?

Probability: 0%

Samsung Unpacked on May 22nd: A leaked image from an anonymous source suggested that Samsung is holding an Unpacked event on May 22nd to announce the Galaxy S III.

Our thoughts: Out of all the leaked dates surrounding the Galaxy S III, this one sounds the most believable. It comes from an anonymous source, so it’s hard to put a lot of weight behind it, but it was so random that a small part of me wonders if it could be true.

Some people said the Olympic torch relay starts on May 22nd, and Samsung is a major sponsor of the summer Olympic games in London. However, the relay actually starts on May 19th. At least this rumor makes more sense that most, but it’s still a stretch.

Probability: 30%

June release: Numerous blogs are speculating the Galaxy S III will launch in June.

Our thoughts: Previous reports said the Galaxy S III would launch in April, then May, and now the latest guess is June. Samsung previously said the successor to the Galaxy S II would be unveiled at “separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.” We have no idea when it is coming, but I would go with the later dates. If the above May 22nd rumor is true, then I would start to believe a June release.

Probability: 30%

Wireless charging from 1-2 meters away: Korean site DDaily reports the Galaxy S III will feature wireless charging that works with a dock from 1-2 meters away.

Our thoughts: Several current phones already feature wireless charging, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it inside the Galaxy S III. I find it really hard to believe it would work from 1-2 meters (3-6ft!) away though. The current inductive charging standard Qi only works when the charging receptacle is almost touching the device.

Qualcomm was working on a propriety technology called WiPower that increased the distance between the transmitter and receiver coils by a couple of inches, but the charge had to be transferred though another material like plastic or wood. They previewed this technology at CES 2011, but it never came to market. I heard reports from the Qi group that there were concerns of electro-magnetic radiation when the transmitter and receiver coils are not close together.

I’d be surprised if Samsung solved this radiation problem when Qualcomm couldn’t, and I still don’t know how I feel about a device charging 3-6 feet away from the charging station. It would be awesome if they discovered a safe way to do this, but I don’t see it happening this soon.

Probability: 10%

Got any juicy rumors?

Find any hot rumors that we failed to cover? Just contact Taylor or leave a comment and we will evaluate them next week.

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  • oddball

    Very nice roundup thank you for putting it all in one place I missed a couple of those in all the gs3 rumors

    • Taylor Wimberly

      If you enjoyed it then send us tips on new rumors. We will be doing this every Tuesday (just came late tonight).

      • thekaz

        Wondering if you guys could explain how you get the %ages? Are they just your best guess/gut feeling?

        I know a lot of people who follow NHL rumors slam him, but Ek at Hockeybuzz has a rating for his rumors based on how many and the reliability of the source of the rumors. It would be cool to have something kind of like that, if it could be done.

  • Jorge Eslava

    Great post, I really enjoy the format.

  • userx

    god damn i hate the login console here. like, GOD DAMNIT do i hate the way this site’s log in process.

    anyway, 4.05? really? i can understand now why so many Samsung users have been angry in the past.. its almost April on my Galaxy GS2 is still running a version of Android that looks like it was made back in the 1870′s, seriously, what the fuck is taking so long.

  • GRAW

    I sure hope the rumor about the GNex update coming in April is true. Sammy/Google/Verizon have let me down on speedy Gnex updates, so I hope something can be done soon.

    • thel0nerang3r

      The updates provide an interesting situation. CDMA devices are no longer “developer devices.” Hopefully, it gets updated at around the same time as the international GNex.

  • cb2000a

    Just a side note that Daily Steals has brand new GSM Galaxy Nexus’s (16gb) on sale for $459 today only.

  • Vance

    Thanks Taylor – love the concept and the format.
    Back in February you posted a rumor that the One X would be coming to Sprint and T-mobile
    You mention the Sprint rumor here, what about the Tmo rumor?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I only mentioned the Sprint rumor because we got a possible release date this week. When something new comes up on the T-Mobile version, we will be sure to post it.

  • MJM128

    Wait. If a rumor has a 100% likelihood of happening…is it still a rumor? ;)

    • Joel

      HA! lol nice catch.

  • Anurag Sharma

    i m eagerly waiting for samsung galaxy 3


  • dVyper

    If I were Samsung I’d forget about rushing and trying to get customers away from the HTC One and focus on getting them away from their true rival Apple. Release it closer to the iPhone’s launch

    • Richard Yarrell

      Samsung doesn’t have to spend anytime worrying about a USELESS IPHONE with 3g. Last i checked samsung has the best smartphones on the market ie GALAXY NOTE, GALAXY NEXUS, GALAXY S2. Iphones will NEVER COMPARE to these devices in today’s tech game . Their is more to life than trying to be kool walking around with some fancy music player made of glass and a stupid apple logo on the back. I laugh at how closed minded apple fanboys are they appear just as closed minded as that operating system. Samsung in 2011 changed the landscape of smartphone technology and led the way that will continue in 2012 you can count on that. Regardless of these above predictions Verizon will have the GALAXY S3 with samsungs own in house quadcore exynos procressor with lte. Samsung and Verizon has gotten it right plus expect the GALAXY JOURNAL/NOTE 2 to arrive on verizon before September. Verizon can afford to take their time and pick the devices they want on their network because they already have the very BEST LTE DEVICES on the market on the BEST network. Samsung and Verizon will both head to the bank in major fashion. The GALAXY NEXUS has sold well extremely and having the GALAXY S3 and GALAXY JOURNAL/NOTE2 will only brings sales to the highest level. Oh yeah let me guess after i leave this thread i will be voted down then will have the normal TROLLS ie squiddy20 and his flock leave USELESS comments like they always do. Before responding squiddy20 and his hacks go run out and purchase yourself a GALAXY NEXUS then respond otherwise your just trolling because we all know you have a rooted 3year old samsung moment which matches what you are simply useless a one time never buy anything person.

      • squiddy20

        “samsung has the best smartphones on the market” …And your proof of this is…? Oh that’s right, you’re the moron who seriously believes whatever device he currently owns is “the best”, “bitch/pimp slapping”, “boss”, and any other stupid saying that basically means better than everything else.
        “Their is more to life than trying to be kool” And “there” is more to life than being a “cool” moron who can’t spell a simple sentence. Seriously, go back to grade school and learn something. You’re in dire need of a better education. Like, WTF is a “procressor”?
        “I laugh at how closed minded apple fanboys are” We might as well lump you in with those “close minded” fanboys because of the way you act and talk. You stated for the several months you owned the Evo 3D that it would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012″, and it didn’t even make it half way. You’re just as bad, if not worse, than them. I mean seriously, who the f*ck says “I’m gonna push up on this real quick like” when talking about a PHONE???
        “Oh yeah let me guess after i leave this thread i will be voted down then will have the normal TROLLS ie squiddy20 and his flock leave USELESS comments like they always do.” Haha what a dumbass. What you fail to realize is that if you didn’t leave such moronic, sensationalist comments about your “bitch slapping” Galaxy Nexus and how you want to “push up on it”, people would probably not downvote you as much. It also doesn’t help that you insult others (such as me) without any real provocation like you’ve done just now. And don’t even think about responding with “I don’t care about votes and your useless comments” because if you didn’t care, then why are you making such a big f*cking deal about it? Seriously, you’re only showing your complete idiocy with crap like this.
        FYI, the Moment was released on Sprint only a few months past 2 years ago, and I got mine (not “mines”) around May. So either way you look at it, the Moment isn’t even close to the 3 year mark. Great job at that “brilliant” insult. You’ve failed miserably, again.
        “a one time never buy anything person” In order for me to be that, I would have had to not buy the Samsung Moment (or anything in my entire life) in the first place. So the fact that I have smartphone and a “5yr old laptop” which is really a 2009 MacBook Pro, pretty much obliterates your statement. Again, good job with that pitiful excuse for an insult.

      • snowbdr89

        I’m pretty embarrassed knowing dick is using the same network as me. : l

      • snowbdr89

        The nexus isn’t that great there are better phones

  • MarkT

    “Got any juicy rumors?” – Well I’m pretty sure the couple at No.23 are on the verge of splitting up. You should see the goings on at their place. Strange comings and goings at all hours. Still, it;s better than television.

  • MarkT

    “Got any juicy rumors?” – Well I’m pretty sure the couple at No.23 are on the verge of splitting up. You should see the goings on at their place. Strange comings and goings at all hours. Still, it’s better than television.

  • nobara

    Some more rumored specs here:

    I hope they will managed to show it with the new Exynos…

  • Paul Atreides

    Pissed I dropped my phone last night. Now, I have to add a $100 back to my Nexus fund. Even with the HTC One X rumor, I still have my eyes set on the GN until the GSIII arrives or I hear the One X has awesome battery life. I have a feeling I’ll have a EVO 3D in the mean time come tomorrow, unless they still have the 4G’s available which I doubt.

    • Paul Atreides

      It would be sweet if I won a Datastorm Nexus from Sprint. I could make my Nexus fund the One X/SIII fund since I’ll still have my upgrade to boot. Fingers crossed!

  • Joel

    Nice round up Taylor, you bring new hope to boring Tuesdays.

    I dont have any rumors of my own, but id like for you (or someone on the staff) to please see if theres any new intel on buyers for MetroPCS….Sprint’s sudden drawback is bothering the heck outta me.

  • Jorge Vieira

    I really hope that the woreless charging is the only thing that comea true i would run to that phone if it has that feature.

  • triangle

    Great piece. It’s nice to have a review of all of the rumors with some commentary.

    I assume that you see all of the rumors posted on the other major sites, so you don’t want people to just point those out…

  • spazby

    great article, I think galaxy s3 will be announced in June-July timeframe…

  • triangle

    It sounds like there is news that Samsung could have an event to introduce the SIII in April:

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    TAYLOR! You’re doing it wrong! . . . Bundling all these stories into one big post making it easy to read and not having multiple posts instead and making us click thereby increasing your AD revenue…. You’re doing it wrong man!

  • jalden

    How about looking into the rumor of the Galaxy Note (Journal) coming to Verizon???

  • ihatefanboys

    I dont understand the fear of electromagnetic radiation from things like a wireless charger of all things. With all the power lines and cell phone towers and wireless router signals we all have probably been exposed to so much anyways, what difference could anything else make. To me its the same thing as someone that washes their hands after every bathroom break, doorknob touch, or contact with their own toilet seat, but then doesnt worry about all the germs that are in the air getting sucked into their lungs with every breath. I call them nervous nellys, aka dumbasses.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice round up, but I have nothing new since I only read rumors not give them.

  • BigCiX

    Google is so stupid for limiting their flagship device on certain carriers. Monkeys must behind that idea!

  • snowbdr89

    Kind of a shame to put a phone like the nexus on such a slow network like sprint!!