Google’s experiment with alternate distribution channels might have flopped as far as the Nexus One is concerned, however it did succeed in winning a million hearts. The Nexus One went on to become the ultimate developer and power user handset, thanks to its quick firmware updates and customizability. Google followed it up with Nexus S manufactured by Samsung, which again proved to be popular among Android enthusiasts. However, more than six months have passed since its release. Unsurprisingly, rumors about the successor to the Nexus S are already beginning to rear its head.
BGR claims to have learned that the successor to the Nexus S, which will tentatively be called the Nexus 4G, is under development. As the name suggests, it will be equipped with a LTE (4G) radio. Apart from that, it will feature bleeding edge hardware that is head and shoulders above what is currently available in the market. It will boast of a dual core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU (OMAP 4460 or a 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon) and 1GB of RAM. The powerful hardware will be complemented by a giant sized screen with 720p HD resolution. Once again, the rumored resolution, will be a major step up. However, the large size and sublime resolution will pose a few interesting challenges regarding usability and battery life. Furthermore, the Nexus 4G will feature 1080p video recording; however, the camera will be a 5 megapixel one. Nevertheless, resolution is not the best indicator of quality, and BGR believes that the Nexus 4G will be able to deliver high quality images thanks to its enhanced optics. And last but not least, the next-gen Nexus will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Ice Cream Sandwich is expected introduce many of the enhancements showcased in Honeycomb (Android 3.0) to mobile phones.
The manufacturer of the next Nexus is not yet known; however, recent leaks suggest that Google might have picked HTC again to build the Android flag bearer. The Nexus 4G is expected to be released around Thanksgiving.