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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