Google/Samsung’s next Nexus branded handset may be called the Galaxy Nexus rather than the Nexus Prime, after photos taken by the hitherto unannounced kit were dug up on Google’s Picasa image-sharing service.
Unearthed by Androidnext.de, the snaps’ EXIF data clearly state ‘Galaxy Nexus’, which has been rumoured often times as a possible name for the handset. The first photo was taken by Roman Kirillov, who is listed on Google+ as a Google engineer.
The second photo, which shows a Post-it memorial wall for the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, belonged to Chris Yerga, who also works at Google for the Android, making it pretty obvious that the snaps are genuine. At the time of writing, the images had already been pulled, which only increases our suspicion that a name change is definitely afoot for the year’s most anticipated Android kit.
Why the handset is called the Galaxy Nexus, though, is anybody’s guess. It’s possible that Google has agreed to let Samsung have a bit more brand share for its own Galaxy range. We know Samsung is also working on a Galaxy S2 threequel, so it’s unlikely the Galaxy Nexus is an entirely new handset from the Korean giant.
Whatever the case, we’ll probably find out on October 27th when Samsung holds its Unpacked 2011 event with Google to showcase its latest products.
Features expected to be on board the hotly anticipated handset include a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, an eight-megapixel camera and the latest Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android out of the box.
While you wait, be sure to check out our round-up of Nexus Prime leaks and rumours for all the latest gen.