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:
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?