The floodgates have opened and the new Nexus smartphone rumors are flowing through as a report claims that Samsung, LG and Sony, at the very least, are going to be releasing Nexus devices.
A Japanese site called AndroidNoodles, courtesy of Phandroid, claims that Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has at least three Nexus smartphones on its roadmap for later this year including models from Samsung, LG and Sony.
The devices, at least at the moment, are called Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, LG Optimus Nexus and Sony Xperia Nexus, all of which take in the biggest mobile brand names from each company.
Earlier this year, we heard a rumor that Google was working on releasing five Nexus smartphones from five manufacturers, so, it’s possible that HTC and Motorola could be included here as well. HTC One Nexus and Motorola Droid Nexus both are possible names given that those monikers represent the companies flagship brands.
This new rumor comes on the heels of a leak earlier today that possibly revealed some of the specifications for Samsung’s GT I-9260 which could be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus II.
Rumored specifications for the Samsung GT I-9260 include a Super AMOLED HD display that measures in at 4.65-inches, a dual-core A9 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, 16GB of storage and a slot for an SD card which would provide for expanded storage.
We also expect 4G LTE support and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to be on board when and if this device arrives.
So, it’s looking like Google might be planning an absolutely massive Nexus smartphone launch for later this year in an effort to do battle with Apple’s iPhone 5 which is rumored to have both a big display and 4G LTE data speeds, features that have been staples of Android for quite some time now.
The iPhone 5 is rumored for a September launch and release and we should start to hear more about Google’s Nexus plans around that time in an effort to deflect attention away from Apple’s launch.