Google’s next branded smartphone could pack a dedicated Google+ button to allow users one-touch access to its much-touted video chat social networking service.
According to Spanish site Andro4All, which based its story on some Facebook updates supposedly from a Google insider, the handset will feature a dedicated “button to share on Google+” – much like the HTC’s Facebook-focussed phones, the Salsa and ChaCha.
The same tech deepthroat, of whom it has to be said some tech watchers is somewhat sceptical, also claims that HTC – the company that made the first-ever Nexus smartphone - will manufacture the third-gen Nexus on Google’s behalf.
This is contrary to recent claims that Google is retaining Samsung’s services for the handset or could enlist another of its manufacturing partners LG this time around.
News of the search giant’s plans comes amid a welter of speculation over the yet to be confirmed handset, which is variously being termed the Nexus 3 and the Nexus Prime.
Among the rumours are that the phone will debut the forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android and will pack 4G network support in the US.
It’s also mooted to feature a “monster-sized screen” of up to 4.7-inches (almost a tablet, then) and a 1.5GHz low power processor to maximise battery life.