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Rumor: will Google celebrate Android's 5th birthday with the "Nexus 5"... on November 5?

May 24, 2012

The build-up to the Samsung Galaxy S3 release has shown all of us how crazy the rumor whirlwind can get. This has led me to treat all rumors and speculations with a healthy amount of caution and skepticism. There have been a lot of rumors about future Nexus devices, including the possibility of a low-cost but high-spec’ed Nexus tablet being in the works, in addition to the yearly flagship Nexus smartphone.

Recently, there has been talk about Google planning to release up to five Nexus devices this year. Further adding to this speculation is a confirmation from a source that TalkAndroid calls “reliable”. The source mentions that Google is expected to release 5 Nexus devices on November 5th, to celebrate Android’s 5th birthday! (Android was unveiled by OHSA on November 5, 2007). If the source is correct, at least the emphasis on the number 5 makes sense.

With so many “Nexuses” set to arrive in the fall, it’s safe to assume that all of them won’t be from the same manufacturer, and probably not all of these devices will be smartphones. I think we could see a three-phone series a la the HTC One series, covering all areas of the price spectrum, accompanied by a stylus-aided “phablet” and a Nexus tablet. Or, instead of the phablet, a 7″ or 10″ version of the Nexus tablet. Of course, remember that this is just me letting my imagination run wild, and is entirely speculation at this point.

Google I/O begins June 27 in San Francisco, and we should hopefully get a clearer picture of what to expect this year. Just one last thought. Looking at the prominence of the number 5, do you think we’ll be getting the first Android 5.0 Jellybean OS devices this fall?

What are your thoughts? What do you think the “Nexus 5” are going to be? Is Android 5.0 a possibility? Let us know in the comments section below.