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Prime directive

The great thing about Android is, even though the current edition never quite seems perfect, there's always another one just around the corner. Fanboys waited for much of the latter half of 2010 for Gingerbread, and then once that arrived, they waited some more for the tablet variety, Honeycomb. Now the dream is of the version of Android that will unify the phone and tablet worlds, Android 4, already nicknamed by Google 'Ice Cream Sandwich'.

But what will be the first device to run the new version? Honeycomb launched on Motorola's Xoom, but Gingerbread launched on a phone - the Samsung Nexus S, designed in close collaboration with Google and running an unmodified 'stock' version of Android. The smart money says that Google will look to repeat the trick with a Nexus phone on which to launch Android 4, and the latest reports suggest Samsung will be their partner again - and it'll be called the Nexus Prime.

According to the latest rumours, the Prime will have no buttons on its front screen, much like Honeycomb tablets. That makes sense, as it's logical Ice Cream Sandwich will bring the same buttonless approach to phones that Honeycomb brought to tablets. Apparently the phone will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which again seems logically enough, and a HD screen, which would mean a bump in resolution from the current high-end standard of 800x480 screens.

All in all, we hope the Nexus Prime is real, because it sounds like a sexy piece of kit - and if the rumours are true, it'll be out before Christmas.

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