Mike over at techhog.com scored an exclusive from an old college buddy that works on the Android team over at Google.
This buddy of Mike’s revealed that Google is courting both HTC and LG to manufacture the next installment of the Nexus saga. HTC manufactured the first Nexus One phone that is still more popular than the Samsung manufactured Nexus S. Except when they need features available only on the Nexus S like a front facing camera, or NFC.
This Google ninja shared a photo of the HTC hardware being considered for the third Nexus. The device features no capacitive buttons. Ice Cream Sandwich will require no physical buttons, similar to Honeycomb.
It was revealed by Eric Scmidt at MWC that the next version of Android would mash the tablet OS with the phone OS and be a sweet treat that begins with I. At Google I/O earlier this month Ice Cream Sandwich was revealed with a late 2011 expected release date.
The Android team at Google is reviewing an HTC device and an LG device for Ice Cream Sandwich testing and as the possible next Nexus device.