Google Could Celebrate Android’s Fifth Birthday with Five Nexus Smartphones

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With Android’s fifth birthday fast approaching, Google could be planning a big celebration with the unveiling of no less than five Nexus smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy NexusAccording to an unconfirmed report by TalkAndroid, the five Nexus devices will be seen on November 5, the anniversary of the day the Android OS was unveiled back in 2007. What’s unclear is whether the devices will be announced on that date or actually go on sale. And, at the moment, there are no leaked designs or specifications available for these handsets.

A Shift in Direction?

If these devices are really in development, it would more than double the total number of Nexus models that have ever been released. It would mark a significant change in Google’s strategy for the Nexus line, which has previously been released one at a time, which each successive model representing this company’s concept of the best Android smartphone available at the time.

We reported last month that this company has started selling an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus through its Google Play store. It seems like the five rumored Nexus handsets will also be sold directly from this online store, rather than through a wireless carrier. If Google follows its current practice, the upcoming models in the series will be sold unlocked, and therefore able to be used with any GSM carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile.

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