Last year, at CTIA Enterprise which is now MobileCon we were roaming the halls looking for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This year at MobileCon there is no Nexus in sight just inklings of rumors around the web.
If we go by last year, Google likes to make its next device announcement in October or November like the rest of the holiday hungry makers. This year, the numbers suggest a new smartphone and new tablet.
The device has been called the Nexus G, Nexus LG, Nexus Optimus and Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 could be the name as it relates to the next version of Android Jelly Bean which is 4.1 or maybe another sweet confection name. It also harkens back to the original Nexus One which was release in late 2009. It is the fourth incarnation, following the Nexus One, Nexus S and then Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The screen is reportedly also 4.7".
This year, there is a new twist or shall we say glitz, a leaked photo shows a shiny finish sort of like mylar holiday wrapping paper finish that looks like a Tina Turner spangled outfit. Some contend that it a very special finish for pure-Google buyers only, but it turns out that the is a poor quality photograph of the new reflective finish also found on the LG Optimus G. In the LG Optimus news release the finish is called "Crystal Reflection glass finish."
A French newspaper Le Figaro reported that that Google will launch the Nexus 4 on October 29 which fits with LG Optimus G release dates.
U.K.'s Carp hone Warehouse has a Google LG Nexus 4 in black or white showing it the inventory system.
Mmmmn, Verizon had the exclusive on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, last year. In other years T-Mobile got first dibbs on the Nexus One. It could be that AT&T and Sprint won't offer the Nexus 4 because they will be selling the LG Optimus G.
The LG Optimus G phablet platform may have been chosen because Google has been working on Google Gestures for its latest versions of Android.
The Gesture Search app allows users to write on the screen with fingers letters and going back. It would make sense that the next incarnation of a Google device would have more advanced gestures for use. Since the LG Optimus G is more in the realm of a phablet it would be a great proving ground for writing and other gestures.
This is not to be confused with Gmail Motion (Beta) with Gmail Actions in which standing in front of a webcam, a user can gesture like airplane controller staff by saluting and other aerobic exercises to control gmail which is will be coming to Google Docs.
See phrases below. We don't think those kinds of gestures will work on smartphone.
Specs suggested for the next Nexus are 4.7"touchscreen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1280×768 pixel screen, Android 4.2, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera, nonremovable battery, wireless charging, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.