The so-called Nexus One failure is a great phone in my opinion. Its only failure, in my opinion, was its marketing plan (web-only sales). Its overall hardware design and clean Android installation (no third party graphical user interface) was a winner. As a Google Android “reference” device, it also has the somewhat envious distinction of being the first Android device to get an OTA (Over The Air) system upgrade.
If Google partners with a phone manufacturer to produce a new Android reference device, I would definitely be interested in buying that new device. So, I’m following speculation about a Samsung manufactured “Nexus S” (or “Nexus Two” depending on who you read) device. This item is from Engadget.
If true, it is also interesting to speculate why Samsung is producing the second generation reference device. HTC produced the Nexus One. While HTC is still producing well-received Android phones, Samsung is definitely the current star in the Android universe with its well-received and well-selling Galaxy S phones as well as the first widely distributed Android Tablet (starting this week), the Galaxy Tab.