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Wednesday June 29, 2011 11:30 am

Google looking to bring simplicity to Android with Nexus Prime

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Smartphones, Google, Rumors, Software

Nexus Prime smartphoneFollowing up on a report from last week, Boy Genius Report has added some key new details about Google's next Nexus phone, codenamed "Nexus Prime."

On Tuesday BGR editor Jonathan Geller said Samsung will once again manufacture the next pure Android cell phone, as it did with the recent Nexus S 4G.

"Nexus Prime" will be a flagship device for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Furthermore, the screen will use Samsung's "Super AMOLED HD" glass and come with a 1.5-GHz, dual-core OMAP4460 chip from Texas Instruments.

Notably, Geller also said "Nexus Prime" will lack carrier bloatware or manufacturer customization, much like Google's first Nexus phone, the Nexus One.

This could either mean that Google is attempting again to launch the device on multiple carriers, as it notoriously failed to do with the Nexus One. Or it could mean that Google is following in the footsteps of Apple, which doesn't allow pre-installed apps from its carriers; this is generally very welcomed by its consumers.

Last week Geller reported that the next-generation Nexus would be a dual-core, button-less, super-thin LTE device, featuring 1080p HD video capture and playback, 1-megapixel front-facing and 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and 1GB of RAM.

Google has launched two Nexus phones so far, the Samsung Nexus S 4G on T-Mobile and Sprint and the first-generation Nexus One on T-Mobile and manufactured by HTC. With the latter, Google famously tried to bypass carriers and sell the phone directly to consumers, but this only created confusion when it came to customer support.

This article, written by Sara Yin, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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