A new Google branded Android phone is on the way this year, it emerged at yesterday’s Google I/O developers event.
Android mover and shaker Andy Rubin hinted that a third Nexus phone is in the works in a Q&A session at the event.
Rubin did not name a date for its release. However, it was revealed that the next major update for Android, AKA Ice Cream, will land in the fourth quarter.
Given Google’s form with using its own-branded devices to show third-party manufacturer partners what it expects from them, it seems likely that the next Nexus phone is also slated for a Q4 release.
Google is also expected to hand over the reigns of making the handset to a new OEM, with LG or Motorola the most likely candidates in the line for the job.
Rubin said: “The Nexus has been the thing that we used to set the bar, and there's always going to be new ones coming out in the market.
“We'll make an announcement at some point in the future.”
As it to be expected features of the phone are anyone’s guess right now. But the fact that Ice Cream will bring every feature from the tablet optimised Honeycomb OS to smartphones means we can look forward to a phone with an ace holographic UI and support for advanced apps.