A closer look at the Nexus Prime's possible dedicated Google+ button

A closer look at the Nexus Prime's possible dedicated Google+ button
Sometimes, you come across a rumor that makes you pause, because for a moment you can't imagine anything other than how absurd it sounds, but the more you think about it, the more it could be true. That's the place we found upon reading the rumor that the next Google Nexus phone would be made by HTC and have a dedicated Google+ button. Let's tackle this in sections:

The source

This newest rumor comes from an unidentified person claiming that the info came from an official Google employee. Not a bad start. However, the rumor was posted on the Google+ fan page on Facebook. The poster didn't even have the decency to post this on Google+. 

Now, as much as we love anonymous claims with absolutely nothing to back it up, they do fall slightly behind rumors from a mildly trusted source. Not too long ago, BGR reported that the next Nexus phone (they said the name would be the Nexus Prime) was to be built by Samsung. BGR was also citing an anonymous in-the-know source though, so who's right remains to be seen. 

The information

This new rumor is light on details, but the two major points are: 
  1. The Nexus Prime will be made by HTC.
  2. It will feature a dedicated Google+ (G+) button. 

As to point number 1, that could very well be true. There have been various rumors surrounding the Nexus Prime, which have had the manufacturer as either LG, HTC or Samsung. History would put both HTC and Samsung as the frontrunners in that race, because both companies have close relationships with Google. It seems likely that even the people at Google may not know exactly which company is making the Nexus Prime, although if the phone is coming this holiday season, that decision should be made soon. We wouldn't even be surprised to see that HTC is making the Nexus Prime, while Samsung is in charge of the Nexus Tablet, which must be at least in the planning stage. 

The Nexus experience

As for the dedicated G+ button, it is certainly something that is possible, especially given that the Nexus Prime likely will feature soft buttons like in Honeycomb, rather than capacitive touch buttons. However, it also seems like a pretty big move to be given credence that easily. The Nexus phones are all about setting the bar and giving a pure Android experience. For Google to have a dedicated G+ button on the Nexus Prime would mean that feature would have to be baked in to stock Android. So, it wouldn't just be a feature on the Nexus Prime, but on all Ice Cream Sandwich devices that run stock Android.

The possible truth

That said, don't be surprised to see a lot more G+ integration with future versions of Android. Right now, it seems unlikely that Google would add a permanent G+ button to Android, but an optional one could certainly find its way to the fun. Google has always been a company that likes to give the users choice, be it in customization in Android, or in this case, maybe the option to have easy G+ sharing turned on. 

Google obviously understands that Android can and likely will be the driving force behind G+, as proven by launching the feature-full mobile app on the same day as the G+ field test. The app has two potential killer-features for G+ in the auto-uploading of photos and video for easy sharing, and of course the Huddle group messaging system. So, Google obviously knows that Android will be a main gateway for G+ users, and that makes this rumor much more interesting. 

Google likely wouldn't add a permanent G+ button, if only so as not to stir up rabble from Facebook about anti-competitive practices. Not to mention that the dedicated Facebook share buttons on the HTC Status, and HTC Salsa seem like bad ideas for the general market, and Facebook has far more potential users than G+. However, Google will want to make sharing to G+ easier, so giving users the option for an easy G+ share button to be placed in the notification tray, or even as a long-press option on an existing button seems like a good idea. 

Google knows that not everyone will use G+, so making a permanent addition seems odd. Especially given that Google removed the dedicated search button in Honeycomb, which would seem like a much more commonly used button than a G+ button. The big updates for G+ as we move towards Ice Cream Sandwich are intriguing. We can certainly expect better integration, faster notifications, more robust widgets, and deeper access to your Circles. What other features do you want to see for G+ mobile?

source: Facebook

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31 Comments

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Whatever the specs are and whoever makes it, this will be mine the day it comes out. If the only competition on who is making it is between HTC and Samsung then I think the world is in good luck, both companies make outstanding phones. HTC EVO's - Nexus One Samsung Galaxy Series 1 and 2 - Nexus S

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I thought Ice Cream phones won't have buttons? Obviously the next Nexus phone is going to have Ice Cream OS.

3. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Um, no.... That g+ button is about as likely as me marrying a super model. As much as Google obviously wants Google+ to be a hit, they wouldn't put a dedicated button on their flagship phone on the off chance that Google+ flops. They wouldn't want that reminder floating around on thousands of phones.

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Ha, I remember when PA showed leaked photos of the HTC Cha Cha or whatever it's called with the dedicated Facebook button. We all thought that was a obvious fake.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

The cha cha (to me) was supposed to be the "Facebook phone " but ended up being an Android phone with a "much deeper Facebook integration " so I don't know if that counts as beings wrong

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That's true, I just really hope the original rumors are true that Ice Cream devices won't have buttons. I really don't like the android soft keys and I have really gotten use to and love Honeycomb tablets. A Power button and a camera button is all it needs, IMO.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Agreed, the honeycomb bar is quite powerful and we may find ways to put any button on it (manufacturers are already doing it) so maybe he is just talking about that

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea Ice Cream is rumored to be a nice mixture of both Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Which may not sound all that tasty, but trust me it will be LOL

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Not to mention, without the buttons the cell phones could be shorter or have more room for the screens without being Droid X tall. It's a good phone, but it is one of the tallest and can be uncomfortable for some.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Don't think it will happen .... it may not be HTC And also think it may not have any buttons at all, honeycomb showed we don't need them and it leaves space for more screen on the same size device. Now that it may allow to use custom buttons and G+ is one of those .... well that's a possibility

8. alex unregistered

Samsung had just confirmed via twitter cause they will build the nexus with android 4.0

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

A link would be nice......

11. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

He's trolling. There is no such confirmation on Twitter.

13. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea we are just getting at 3.2 for Tablets and 2.4 for cell phones, not even close to 4.0

28. Mario unregistered

There will not be a 2.4 only 3.2 and then later this year Google will make 4.0 ice cream. Google confirmed this. It is to combine honeycomb gingerbread and Google tv, to make it like what is on the iPad iPhone and mac

15. Andrew Gravenor unregistered

Looks like a nexus one with the search button replace by a Google plus button, couldn't imagine that is what the nexus 3 or whatever you want to call it will look like.

16. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

It's not suppose to be an actual photo of the Nexus Prime. It's just showing you what it would look like on a Nexus phone.

17. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So, back to HTC which means Snapdragon innards, and possibly no SAMOLED (HTC hasn't done AMOLED since the Nexus One days and they've only built IPS (or similar) LCD displays in phones since then. At least we might see a return to the aluminium unibody days rather than the very typical plastic offering from Samsung which is a real positive.

18. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If this is going to be called the Nexus Prime, it seems like LG is the one who is making the phone. Maybe they would use their new NOVA display that they used on the LG Black.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Did i mention I dislike LG?

24. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I don't blame you. The only phone I have ever liked was the Voyager and back then it was something else. I just really liked the keyboard.

19. Drafty

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I agree with the article, I wouldn't want a dedicated g+. Nor a facebook button, not everyone is on facebook. I'd like to have a life and not want to share it with eveyone. Going back to the article I believe that HTC, LG, Samsung are all making a phone in secret, and sending in to Google to decide on which phone will be the nexus prime.

20. ltr unregistered

I dont care who makes it. If it doesnt have a 1980x1200 res, 2400 battery, 4,7 inch screen. 15.1mp camera, 3.5 ghz, Bose audio, .....the phone is fail.

21. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Maybe in 2-3 years......

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

For God's sake its a Dev prone.... if you make it wayyyyy above then devs will make app that run like a sedan on a new road but have issues on less powerful devices (and yes my car analogy is horrible as I'm I car ignorant so sedan may not be the most fit)

25. dddddd unregistered

I honestly wouldn't mind if they just used the Nexus One's design (or refined it just a little) for the next Nexus phone. I loved that design!

29. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Google+ is a dud. It's just trying to copy off something Facebook and twitter have already done. How about focus more on improving all the errors and bugs with Android and leave social networking to the pros.

30. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

please google give the chance to HTC

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