Roll on Autumn

The smartphone market this year has been a bit like the summer blockbuster market. There's lots of high-quality product, but it's mostly sequels: HTC's Desire S and Incredible S, Samsung's Galaxy S II and so on. It's been a while since a smartphone came along that did anything other than bump the specs of its predecessor.

Well, once this shameful excuse for a summer is out of the way and autumn rolls around, it looks like that could all change. Reports suggest that Google are planning to release another of its Nexus series of cutting-edge Android handsets, and it looks foxy. Apparently, 'The new Nexus will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU, either a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 or a low-power 28nm Krait-based Qualcomm Snapdragon chip,' making it super-powerful. And, 'the display will feature a 720-pixel high-definition 'monster-sized' screen. Taking the overall interface to the next level, BGR says Google won't include any physical menu buttons below the screen and will instead make the controls software-based.'

That matches a picture that was leaked a few weeks ago, and suggests the phone will run Ice Cream Sandwich, the next big version of Google's Android operating system, which is expected to get rid of most of the buttons on Android phones the way Honeycomb did for tablets.

And that's not all. More details have also emerged about Apple's next iPhone, expected to be revealed in September. These, too, back up previous rumours, saying the device will have an edge-to-edge screen that looks super foxy.

Roll on September, we say...

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