Google’s reference phone for the upcoming Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich exists. It will be called Nexus Prime, not Nexus Plus or Nexus 3. Samsung is going to manufacture the Nexus Prime. Firmware for the Nexus Prime leaked out. Someone got hold of the firmware. Samsung doesn’t want him/her to release it or disclose it publicly without Samsung’s consent.

Samsung’s own legal department confirmed these juicy tidbits about the Nexus Prime–that is, if the cease and desist letter that Geek reported about earlier today is authentic.

A developer apparently got hold of leaked firmware purported to be that of the Nexus Prime. When Samsung got wind of the leak, it immediately sent the cease and desist notice to the developer. Probably without intending to, and granting the notice is legit, Samsung just officially announced the Nexus Prime through an unofficial and unconventional channel.

Here’s the transcript of the cease and desist order from Samsung:

To ***recipient***

It has come to our attention that you are wrongfully in possession of, and intend to release or otherwise publicly disclose without Samsung’s consent, firmware for the Nexus Prime. By this letter, Samsung orders you to immediate cease, desist, and refrain from any and all such activities.

The Nexus Prime firmware is the exclusive property of Samsung and/or its partners, suppliers and affiliates. Any continued retention, use, or disclosure of Nexus Prime firmware, and/or Samsung’s confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information pertaining to Nexus Prime, will expose you to significant liability, both civil and potentially criminal.

Samsung expects your immediate compliance with the terms of this letter. You are instructed to contact my office immediately to discuss the return of Nexus Prime data in your possession and other remedial action. Samsung reserves all rights.
By this letter, you are also put on notice of your obligation not to alter, modify, delete, erase, or destroy, or cause or permit anyone else to alter, modify, delete, erase, or destroy, any evidence pertaining to the subject matter of this letter.

Thank you for immediate cooperation.

General Counsel
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC.

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With this semi-official announcement, we can now direct our efforts to the other important questions about the Nexus Prime. What exactly will its screen size be? Will it be graced by a Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, or will it be Samsung’s Super Clear LCD? Will it really have a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor as rumored? Is it really heading to Verizon first?

We are not saying that the cease and desist letter is, in fact, authentic. There have been many cases like this in the past; some turn out to be spoofs, while a lot of the others are real.

If you ask me, either Samsung’s legal department doesn’t coordinate well with Samsung’s advertising or marketing department, or it’s all just a deliberate and timed “Oops” moment to create buzz for the rumored Google Nexus Prime and drive away online attention from the Motorola DROID Bionic. What do you think?

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