UK newspaper City AM reports that Google and British retailer Carphone Warehouse are having a joint venture on a second-generation Android smartphone carrying the Google name. Simply known as Google Nexus Two, it is set for a holiday release and Google has its eyes on the retailer for its sales network to come up with a new marketing strategy in direct contrast to the one employed in the Nexus One with its web-only release.
“It looks like Google is experimenting with the future of its mobile model in the UK. It tried releasing through a single carrier, now it is trying a single retailer. It could be a solution to the problems it experienced when it tried to sell the Nexus One exclusively through its website. People like to be able to go to a store – this solves that” anonymous source
The new smartphone will run on Android 3.0 (a.k.a. Gingerbread) although no hardware collaborator has been mentioned, not even HTC which was responsible for Nexus One.