Report: Second Google-branded phone launching before Christmas, exclusively via unlocked retailer

There’s a very interesting report in business paper City AM today about a possible tie-up between Google and Carphone Warehouse. The paper says Google’s Android-powered follow up to the Nexus One is arriving before Christmas and will be sold exclusively, avoiding the networks and direct to customers, through the CPW chain.

Here’s the juicy bit:

“The second Google-branded mobile phone will hit the UK in time for Christmas through an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse … The deal with Carphone represents a major rethink of Google’s sales strategy, with the Nexus One released exclusively in the UK through Vodafone”

The extremely well informed (for a financial news site) report goes on to suggest the Nexus One successor is expected to run the next version of Android, ie, the Gingerbread 3.0 or 2.3 release. It’ll be Google’s new flagship Android phone. Very, very interesting.


Nothing is mentioned about who Google is contracting to make the hardware this time around, which will be the key for us. Thanks to reader Ryu for the tip.

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  1. MrChaz

     /  October 26, 2010

    Samsung has a press thing next week…

    • Gary C

       /  October 26, 2010

      Oh lordy, you may have just hit a billion tiny nails right on their precious little heads.

  2. Baz J Scott

     /  October 26, 2010

    I love my Nexus One but would like a Google Experience phone with a front facing camera for the rumoured Google Talk video update and also more ROM for apps

  3. Something exciting indeed

  4. JayA

     /  October 26, 2010

    Weren’t Moto rumoured to be doing a ‘Nexus’ device at some point, too?

  5. Rumours have been circulating for months, but I was told LG. However, LG hasn’t done anything special this year, so I’d be quite surprised.

  6. sansenoy

     /  October 26, 2010

    Sadly, the chances of another HTC device taking this throne are slim…

    • I don’t see why it’s that slim. I very much doubt it’ll be Motorola, SE or LG. It’s almost certainly doing to be some OEM manufacturer, Surely none of the big companies would ship a vanilla Android phone without any of their branding and bloatware all over it.

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