Nexus Prime Likely To Be Announced on October 11 at Exactly 11:30 AM

September 30, 2011
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    The likelihood of Samsung’s announcing, demoing, and showcasing the bloatware-free Google Nexus Prime and its Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on October 11 is getting higher with new reports coming in.

    Samsung has reportedly sent out invitations for a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event slated for October 11, which also coincides with the kick-off of the CTIA Enterprise and Applications conference in San Diego, California. The event starts at 11:30 A.M.

    According to the invitations we’ve seen, the event is marked as a “Google Episode.” The invitations also show the Android logo and explicitly invite the recipients to “get a look at what’s new from Android.”

    These little details do not mention the Nexus Prime flat out, but they do narrow down the possibilities into just one device: the Google Nexus Prime running the latest Android version, Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Nexus Prime Official Name

    The name Nexus Prime, of course, has not yet been officially confirmed. The Samsung Mobile Unpacked event at CTIA 2011 just might be the day Samsung and Google will announce the flagship reference phone’s official name.

    Previous reports have used various names for the upcoming pure-Google handset, including Nexus Prime, Nexus 3, and Nexus Plus. Rumors have also been circulating about the possibility of variants–one headed for Verizon Wireless and rumored to be called the Samsung DROID Prime, and the other for everyone else and rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

    Nexus Prime Launch Date Just Around the Bend

    Another tidbit that seems to jack up the likelihood of an imminent Nexus Prime launch date is Samsung’s recent acquisition of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certification/approval for the Samsung handset suspected to be the Nexus Prime–the Samsung GT-I9250.

    Whether by coincidence or not, the rumored specs of the Samsung GT-I9250 line up perfectly with the official specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE recently announced by Samsung in Seoul, South Korea. For what it’s worth, the Google Nexus Prime specs could be similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE.

    Pure Ice Cream Sandwich

    The Nexus Prime will expectedly be the first Android handset to unwrap Android’s latest upcoming version, Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A two-minute taste tour was recently caught on video that appears to be the real deal. The video did not show any sign of bloatware.

    A list of Android Package (APK) files allegedly from the Nexus Prime also suggests pristine and undefiled Google experience for the Nexus Prime. My Droid World posted this list yesterday:

    ApplicationsProvider.apk
    BIP.apk
    BackupRestoreConfirmation.apk
    Bluetooth.apk
    BooksTablet.apk
    BrowserGoogle.apk
    Calculator.apk
    CalendarGoogle.apk
    CalendarProvider.apk
    CameraGoogle.apk
    CertInstaller.apk
    ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter.apk
    Contacts.apk
    ContacsProvider.apk
    DefaultContainerService.apk
    DeskClockGoogle.apk
    DownloadProvider.apk
    DownloadProviderUi.apk
    DrmProvider.apk
    EmailGoogle.apk
    ExchangeGoogle.apk
    FaceLock.apk
    Galaxy4.apk
    GalleryGoogle.apk
    GenieWidget.apk
    Gmail.apk
    GoogleBackupTransport.apk
    GoogleContactSyncAdapter.apk
    GoogleEarth.apk
    GoogleFeedback.apk
    GoogleLoginService.apk
    GooglePackageVerifier.apk
    GooglePartnerSetup.apk
    GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
    GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    GoogleTTS.apk
    HTMLVierwer.apk
    HoloSpiralWallpaper.apk
    IMSFramework.apk
    KeyChain.apk
    LatinIMEDictionaryPack.apk
    LatinImeGoogle.apk
    Launcher2.apk
    LiveWallpapers.apk
    LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
    Maps.apk
    MarketUpdater.apk
    MediaProvider.apk
    MediaUploader.apk
    Microbes.apk
    Music2.apk
    MusicFX.apk
    NetworkLocation.apk
    NfcGoogle.apk
    NoiseField.apk
    OneTimeInitializer.apk
    PackageInstaller.apk
    PhaseBeam.apk
    Phone.apk
    Phonesky.apk
    PlusOne.apk
    SDM.apk
    Settings.apk
    SettingsProvider.apk
    SetupWizard.apk
    SoundRecorder.apk
    Stk.apk
    Street.apk
    SyncMLSvc.apk
    SystemUI.apk
    TagGoogle.apk
    Talk.apk
    TelephoneProvider.apk
    Thinkfree.apk
    UserDictionaryProvider.apk
    VZWAPNlib.apk
    VZWAPNService.apk
    Videos.apk
    VisualizationWallpapers.apk
    VoicDialer.apk
    VoiceSearch.apk
    VpnDialogs.apk
    YouTube.apk

    We cannot ascertain whether the list is complete or valid. Nor can we determine whether the list was extracted from a final build of Ice Cream Sandwich. But, granting Google hasn’t blinked, the Nexus Prime can be expected and ought to run pure and vanilla Google-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich–not some chocolatey, nutty, strawberryish, (insert any flavor here) variant.

    Who’s ready to eat Ice Cream Sandwich next month?

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