Google may have plans for another Nexus-branded smartphone, after retailer Best Buy mistakenly revealed the device on its website.
The big-box electronics chain briefly published a link on its mobile site this morning, offering a teaser for the Samsung Nexus S, advertised as “pure Google” and available on T-Mobile’s network.
The link and image have since been taken down.
The promo text accompanying the removed read, “Pure Google — The Nexus S. Available only at Best Buy this holiday season.”
The Nexus S, which is believed to be run Google’s Android platform without any manufacturer user interfaces, is also predicted to run the still-unannounced Android Gingerbread release.
The device may include a 1.2-gigahertz processor, a 5.0-megapixel camera with high-definition video capture, 512-megabytes of RAM and 16-gigabytes of internal storage.
Neither Google nor Best Buy would comment on the matter.
The original Nexus One handset was billed as a state-of-the-art Android phone. Google sold it exclusively through the Web, bypassing wireless carriers, in a move to establish a new business model. However, after slow sales and tensions with the carriers, Google shut down the program in July.
The new Nexus phone may function as a “developer model” that is free of carrier and manufacturer restrictions, where Android developers could test their applications on new operating system versions as soon as possible. Andy Rubin, vice-president of engineering at Google, has also said the company is still interested in selling unlocked phones.