The most widely rumored upcoming Android device without any physical evidence of its existence is, without a doubt, the Samsung Nexus 2 (which also goes by the name Nexus S) - even its picture presented above is fake.

Ever since the first time it was mentioned by Androidandme and shortly backed up by RadioAndroid, the whole Androidosphere has been abuzz with the next Google managed device for one simple reason: the Nexus One was and still remains the most open Android device on the market. Considering Google killed the crowd favorite earlier this year, any mention of a potential successor was capable of arousing geekdroids across the world even more than Gingerbread itself. The Nexus 2/S, this time built by Samsung instead of HTC, is, in everyone's eyes, a potential panacea for all the custom skin madness manufacturers and carriers are putting us through, causing countless upgrade delays, bugs, vomiting, and dramatic fainting.

When the rumors dropped, one specific date was singled out as "special": November 8th, 2010. Incidentally, on this very date Samsung is hosting a press event, similar to the one they did for the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S devices, except this time likely dedicated to the new Samsung Continuum. "Not so fast," said the rumor breeders - the Continuum was just a front for a surprise Nexus 2 unveiling. Ever since the Android population heard this, it has drunk so much Nexus 2 kool-aid that it was starting to gush out of its ears, posing serious danger to the vulnerable robotic bodies.

TechCrunch to the rescue! Effectively killing the Nexus buzz we've been enjoying (the kool-aid was spiked, OK?), they've dropped a big one - the Nexus 2 will not be announced on November 8th (or not even on November 11th, which is now the new rumored date for the Gingerbread SDK drop), but not because it's not real - on the contrary, they're confirming it very much is. Instead, a major hardware snag of an unknown nature interfered with the schedule and forced Samsung to push the unveiling to an also unknown future date. We're sad pandas.

Again, there have been more rumors about this device than I am feeling comfortable with, so apply plenty of large-grained salt. However, if I had to pick a credible source out of everyone reporting on the Nexus 2 so far, I'd say TechCrunch would top the list. If we take their word for it, at least we now know that the glass is half full and the Nexus 2 is real. Hooray? Let the wait begin.

Source: TechCrunch

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Richard

    I know someone who knows someone inside Google and they say the N2 is real. Its total BS that it never existed. There is a real project going on inside Google.

    I do believe it will be announced and if its delayed due to a hardware issue that I believe. However its total BS from Samsung to say it never existed in my view.

    Just say it wont be announced on that day as that at least is true.

  • Nathan

    well, this sucks.

    I was really hoping to pick up this phone in the next few weeks.

    But, considering the hardware glitches in the N1, and the Galaxy S phones, to hear that samsung delayed it due to a glitch does make me happy a bit because hopefully that means there won't be any problems with the phone when it's released.

  • TareX

    I really hope that means they'll be using a METAL cover instead of the cheap Galaxy S plastic, as well as an LED flash on the camera...

    • TareX

      ..and ORION! If the Nexus S is supposed to survive an entire year, it'll need ORION.

    • http://yahoo.com Boe Zeon

      I like and Support your comment! I have this problem with Samsung. Their hardware just seems so cheap and tacky relative to mainstream android phone manufacturers like Motorola and especially HTC. I love the look and feel of HTC phone hardwares - that is why when I first heard about a nexus 2 from Samsung, I almost pucked. Am still wondering why Google chose Samsung. I hope the company does not disappoint. I expect much in terms of the Nexus 2's hardware look, feel and quality. I know the performance will be good thanks to gingerbread!

  • David Ruddock

    By hardware problem, I hope they mean "we realized building a phone chassis entirely out of plastic makes people hate us and we're going to put some aluminum on it."

    Samsung's internals and displays are great, but for the sake of all that is sane, STOP MAKING YOUR PHONES FEEL LIKE CHEAP GARBAGE.

    End rant.

    • http://yahoo.com Boe Zeon

      I especially hate that big sprawling logo they put at the front of their phones. If Samsung wants to have it there, at least earn that spot with good hardware. I would not mind it so much!

  • Mutiny32

    I bet Google is telling them to get their act together over GPS problems.

  • James

    Not so sure it exists... Eric already said they didn't have plans for a second one.

  • GergS

    Give me that sweet teflon backing and I'll think about it Samsung...

  • Andoird

    Pretty much agree 110% with no shinny, glossy, plasticy cheap crap that everyone does not want. I love my Nexus one and will passionately wait for the TWO to come out. However, not only I would most definitely not buy one I will be HUGELY disappointed if it is not well made with steel/aluminum hardware.

  • http://dreamsny.com likewhoa

    looks like we won't be seeing this phone for a while...

    • Andriodluvr

      Why say you that?

  • cluts

    After Samsung Behold II fiasco I seriously doubt I will be getting another Samsung phone. I'm happy with Nexus One and plan to keep it a while longer. I simply do not trust Samsung anymore, they always say update is coming shortly but are always late or just fail to deliver altogether. I wonder why Google would let Samsung develop N2 instead of trusted HTC.