Debunking the “Nexus S”

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I really love the Android Community. I feel a very strong pull to its ever growing members list and the great things we are capable of together. Sometimes, though, we get a little overexcited. We do silly things like vote 250,000 times for a pumpkin via a script, push 1GHZ phones to 1.6 GHZ to say that we could. Then, we do stupid things, like taking rumors and running wild through the streets with them regardless of whether or not any truth can be found in the piece. This is the story of the so called “Nexus S” and its impending launch.

As far as I can tell, it started with this piece on the 26th from CityAM.com (thanks to @droidhead_ryan for the source). The story tells a great tale of what could happen in the future for a Nexus Two. It includes some vague insider information and quotes, and ends with “The phone – dubbed the Nexus Two – is expected to run the new version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread. It is not yet clear who will manufacture it, although rumours surrounding a Samsung model are believed to be untrue. Both Google and Carphone declined to comment.” This information alone is innocuous until you combine it with Samsung’s release event on November 8th and the Gingerbread Man showing up on the Google Campus this week. If you read that article, and if you have seen one of the event invites on half a dozen websites, and you have seen the YouTube video of the Gingerbread man, AND you want to create some buzz around something you THINK may be true, you do what anyone else would do. You call up Radio Android and drop an anonymous leak.

There’s an ENORMOUS problem with this concept, the biggest of which being that it was dead wrong. Anyone who actually got the email from Samsung’s PR firm, or bothers to communicate with Samsung at all would know that the November 8th Samsung event is the launch of the Samsung Continuum. For those unaware, this device is completely Samsung, and a unique concept at that, but I will leave details out for the release.

In short, guys, it’s bogus. The 8th will not yield a Nexus 2 and the Continuum will not have Gingerbread. Stay tuned though, it will still be a great party.

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Russell Holly


  • http://www.androidspin.com Alex Smith

    Featured image…………Epic! #justsayin’

  • Anonymous

    Samsung has a “Google spec” device in the wild running Gingerbread. It’s being tested by a small group of people.

    It may not be the “Nexus 2″ but it will be pure stock Gingerbread on Samsung hardware.

    • http://twitter.com/russellholly Russell Holly

      and, more importantly, it WONT be coming out on November 8th!

      • http://www.facebook.com/JustinBauder Justin Bauder

        No one ever said it would be….its to be ANNOUNCED on the 8th….:D

  • Anonymous

    Samsung has a “Google spec” device in the wild running Gingerbread. It’s being tested by a small group of people.

    It may not be the “Nexus 2″ but it will be pure stock Gingerbread on Samsung hardware.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung has a “Google spec” device in the wild running Gingerbread. It’s being tested by a small group of people.

    It may not be the “Nexus 2″ but it will be pure stock Gingerbread on Samsung hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/DroidHead_Ryan Ryan Mills

    Happy to help Mr. Holly! :)

  • joeyloke

    Good! Owning a vibrant now, I would hate to see them mess up the nexus name!
    and what the heck is this! Putting out devices with the current ui and letting all original customers wait!

  • thaghost

    i ranted on another android blog about this extraordinary hype. glad someone else picked up on this…its crazy.

  • thaghost

    i ranted on another android blog about this extraordinary hype. glad someone else picked up on this…its crazy.

  • Nathan

    i find it interesting that you don’t try to dispute androidandme. Anyway, i doubt you guys know anymore than any other site does. We all have to wait until the 8th to find out.

    And no where does it say that samsung can’t launch 2 devices on one day. Maybe they’ll pull a steve jobs and say “one more thing!”

  • http://twitter.com/pistolrick Rick Paz
  • Jerzeeloon

    I heard that samsung is making a google experiance device.Whatever the case I honestly hope if they make a nexus 2 it will sold at carrier location,that internet order only fir the 1st nexus was BS.

  • Jerzeeloon

    I heard that samsung is making a google experiance device.Whatever the case I honestly hope if they make a nexus 2 it will sold at carrier location,that internet order only fir the 1st nexus was BS.

  • Jerzeeloon

    I heard that samsung is making a google experiance device.Whatever the case I honestly hope if they make a nexus 2 it will sold at carrier location,that internet order only fir the 1st nexus was BS.

  • Jerzeeloon

    I heard that samsung is making a google experiance device.Whatever the case I honestly hope if they make a nexus 2 it will sold at carrier location,that internet order only fir the 1st nexus was BS.

  • Wordisbond

    ummmm, and now theres a new post on androidspin called “hands on with the samsung nexus two.” Guess it’s a better idea to be patient than try to debunk a rumor. Besides, can’t we all have fun with rumors, and blow them out of proportion if need be? In all honesty, it is not hurting anybody to speculate….

  • tribunal21

    i hope you feel stupid now

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