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Google Readies Nexus One Follow-up, Launching by Christmas?

Has Google already created the follow-up device to its Nexus One?  According to reports today from the UK, the Nexus Two (we’ll call it) is built, loaded with Gingerbread, and will be sold exclusively through Carphone Warehouse by X-mas.  (Who?)  A company based out of the UK, meaning if this rumor is true, Google must already have some plans to hook up with a U.S. retailer to distribute this puppy stateside, right?  

No news on any of the specs, but if we look back at the  Nexus One, you have to figure this will be the next developer phone and one that trumps almost anything else.

That picture above is by no means a mock-up of the Nexus Two and should simply bring back some laughable memories to a few of you long time readers.  And didn’t Google also say just a few months ago that there would not be a follow-up device?

Via:  Eurodroid, City AM

  • Nexus Two already… hmm i wonder if google is going to make the same mistake and sell it only online. I'm actually surprised that googles beloved phone has just disapeared. And i highly doubt that the N2 will have a keyboard because the G2 has just came out.

  • rockymtnhigh

    You guys do realize that Carphone Warehouse is owned by BEST BUY, go to their site and click About…. I was clued in by the geek squad logo on their main page.

    Seems to me that if they are selling it in Europe, BB will be selling it here… Just a hunch. 🙂

  • Pandemic187

    This picture has been floating around for quite a while. Several months before the Droid 2 was released, people were saying this could be the Droid 2. So I think it's more likely a concept never has/never will become a final product.

    EDIT: To further support this is a forgotten concept, the keyboard has a large directional pad, which Moto did away with in the Droid 2.

  • imronburgundy

    That is one ugly looking phone.

  • Tmax224

    the infamous “droid” picture

  • aczm1988

    2.Ghz processor, vanilla android, 8mp camera, front camera, and verizon…..hello watcha sold!

  • Specopsfox

    Carphone Warehouse is owned by BestBuy so they will likely be available through BestBuy only.

  • Barlog

    I remember this picture. Back when the Droid X was being called the Shadow 🙂 Ah the good ol days. In my day our Droids didn't have all this Motoblur stuff on them and our bootloaders weren't even signed those were the days. They just don't make em like they used to 😉

    • Bigrob60

      Droid Shadow. I forgot about that one. Hope they recycle that name.

  • Bxrider117

    For some reason I remember back when the Nexus One was released that Motorola was going to have dibs on creating the next Nexus phone. Could the Motorola Olympus be that phone? That is why the rumors are speculating it being released to AT&T first. Just a thought. Especially with the probability of a new HTC 4.3″ screen coming to Verizon at the end of November.

  • Chaucers_Left_Testicle

    I've heard sources mentioning Honeycomb as opposed to Gingerbread and apparently its Motorola made.

  • Suckit apple whores.

  • Aww my N1 is gonna be old soon

  • haaaa i remeber this pic… good tiiiimez, goood tiimez!

  • Not sure if you know, but Carphone Warehouse is partnered with/owned by Best Buy, so if it shows up in the US, that would be my first guess.

  • tjpeco

    physical keyboard?

    Kill it with fire!

    • I like keyboards… but the way you put it was awesome. So, Like.

  • if its on verizon i'd be happy 😉

  • evltwn

    Hey look, it's the Droid Shadow that was rumored to be coming out like 8 months ago.

  • So what are the odds of it being on Big Red?

  • NorCalGuy

    If it really had stock gingerbread and 4g capabilities I might just pay full retail price just to have one… until then rooted D1!

  • digitalicecream

    Hmmm. Looks a little Moto… wonder if it will be HTC/ (please be htc so we can rip that rom.)

  • EC8CH

    When the N1 dropped, the Droid was already open and running vanilla Android plus it was on Verizon.

    I think the N2 is desperately needed seeing as how there hasn't been an open vanilla Android phone released since.

  • Rjoudrey

    Is anyone ever going to make the pictured prototype? I soul definitely buy it.

  • Bigrob60

    For a second I thought this was the earliest leak in history. I remember this photo from before summer. What ever happened to this phone? I don't remember. Looked really nice, minus the red hanging chad on the right. Thinking “Nexus 2” is a world wide LTE phone.

  • iPhoneBestPhone

    Keyboard? Yuck. If they're trying to make a Nexus Two shouldn't it at least be better than the Nexus One?

    • Shaun

      So someone didn't read the post…

      • EC8CH

        Someone didn't read the rest of this guys posts…

        hint: look at his name

      • dont pay the “iphonegayphone” guy any mind. he says idiotic stuff on here all the time. just ignore him.

  • InfernoX51

    I want LTE and for it to be on Verizon. Meet those two criteria and I'll throw my Droid in the Delaware River.

  • Stephen D

    If Google released a stock Android developer phone with Gingerbread, to all carriers like Samsung is with the Galaxy S, they'd make a killing. It'd be the first to get updates and everything. I'd ditch my Fascinate for one.

    • do you really think google needs more money? they can do what they want… and they will… they have the means to do it… sadly, they’re not desperate like sammy was…
      it’ll probably come unlocked GSM, unsubsidized, $600-$700.

    • EC8CH

      Problems is that same thing was said before the N1 release. Unsubsidized pricing and lack of in store advertising is what killed N1 sales, hopefully if this is true Google learned this lesson.

      • angermeans

        I think you (and others) are thinking of the nexus one very wrong. The nexus one was far from a failure that the media dubbed it. It (along with the aggressive ad campaign by Verizon) brought Android to the masses just because it didn’t sell as much as say the iPhone doesnt mean it is a failure. It scared the wireless world and made us (in America as we are the only ones that expect a phone subsidy thanks to the wireless companies) look at things differently. Personally I loved owning the nexus one (still the best phone I have ever owned and I have had the captivate, Droid 2, Droid x, and two Droid incredibles) and I loved the fact that most had no idea what it was. If I still was on ATT I would still be rocking this phone and it will still be one of the best phones around until the dual core LTE phones come out next year (or Google launches the nexus two). Google with its nexus one set a standard for what an android phone should have to be relevant and in right short months changed the game. They took their beloved OS’ fate in their own hands. If they hadn’t we still would have Mediocre phones I have no doubt in that. You say failure I say massive success.

        • EC8CH

          I was hopefull that the N1 would change the wireless industry in the US as you described, but I fail to see any changes in the wireless industry since the release of the N1. The Droid series of phones are more responsible for bring android “to the masses”, and phone subsidies are still the norm and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Plus since the release of the N1, a vanilla android phone hasn’t been released. So while the N1 is a good phone, I’m sorry to say it was less than revolutionary.

    • With you Stephen, Droid X might have to find it's way to Ebay…

  • Come to VERIZON!!!!

  • obsidiangt

    The Nexus One's distribution method didn't make many waves, but the phone itself is amazing. They should definitely follow-up!

  • Can we hope for the first phone to support LTE !?

  • Evileclipse420

    this may finally be my chance to totally committ to android. i have a droid i play with, but have been waiting for something like this before i switch and sign a contract. this may be everyones chance to get a phone that wont be obselete in 6 months. look at the nexus one, its still holding its own. never mind those instant updates!

  • Patch89esch

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH where is the gingerbread SDK. I want to play with it on the emulator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JT

    (If it's legit), Carphone wharehouse sounds like a bunch of wankers but they are Europe's largest independent mobile phone retailer and is a *50% subsidiary of Best Buy*. You smelling what I'm smelling?

  • KidPhat

    Don't tease me with this render. If Google were to release this even with 1.0, I'll be all over it. This phone is just too sexy.

    • went a little far there ya think? i wouldnt get a phone with 1.0 if it had a 5ghz processor!

  • dredaav

    Looks good to me… Make it on Big Red and we have a deal!

  • Mr. Joshua

    *please, please, please* be on Verizon!!

    • EggoEspada

      If this is real, I expect this to hit GSM first, for obvious reason. But lets hope this one actually makes it to Verizon though sooner or later.

      • Joe J

        Would it not make sense to make it a global. That way everybody can play. 🙂

    • I would kill for it then…if it's unlocked 😉 lol

      • Mr. Joshua

        With the big G calling the shots, I think there is a good chance that this will be unlocked

    • Rjoudrey

      Its going to be unlocked so I doubt it would be cdma.

    • With the way that Verizon has been supporting Android, I seriously doubt that the next G Phone will make it’s way anywhere before Verizon.

  • RayLee

    Yeah first one…

  • villian1998

    Wow, I was debating on getting a nexus

  • looks interesting

  • EggoEspada

    Oh boy. Theres all tons of great stuff happening these next few months with Android. No better time to be a supporter. 🙂

    • GeniusBoyRobert

      you got that right fanboy

      • EggoEspada

        Fanboy? I guess cause I like a certain thing I have to be labeled as a fanboy?
        Fanboy would be me running around saying “Android Rulez!” and bash the competition every way possible.
        I know why I like Android, but I don't think the other OSes are crap. I give iOS credit in fluid GUIs and apps and WP7 for innovative design and experience. So yea, not really a fanboy.

      • Evileclipse420

        hahahahahaha!!!! i hope youre joking! you do know youre at a site specifically catering to those that love android/droid phones, right? phew, for a second there i thought i was still on engadget. gotta love the haters

        • EC8CH

          eng*dget… what’s eng*dget?

          • Anonymous

            I bought my fiancee a Droid X. I think that’s an engadget… :)In eng*dget’s defense though, yesterday they started a story about Google Instant Search with this:”If you believe the good readers of Droid Life (and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t)…”

      • obsidiangt

        Troll, much?