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Android 2.3 Gingerbread expected this week after Google Nexus Two delayed

The Google Nexus Two, a new handset carrying Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the first Google-branded phone since the Nexus One, has been delayed indefinitely.

Expect to wait a little longer for the Samsung-built Google Nexus Two, as a hardware issue has delayed its release, which was expected this week.

Google was set to launch its second own-brand phone on 11 November along with the OS it runs on, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a new version of its smart phone OS. Previous rumours that the phone would be released today were inaccurate -- Samsung is releasing an Android phone, but not the Nexus Two, TechCrunch reports.

The Nexus Two launch has been delayed until the issue is fixed, with no word about how long it will take. 11 November still could be the date we see the debut of Gingerbread, reported IntoMobile, according to its "trusted source". In the absence of the Nexus Two, we could see Gingerbread on the Nexus One first. The Android Gingerbread Man was unboxed and set up on the Google front lawn last month.

The Nexus Two is an exciting prospect, as it will be the first and possibly only phone with pure Android Gingerbread, with none of that user-interface skinning manufacturers insist on. For this reason it'll be the first with any future Android updates, rather than having to go through the long process of waiting for manufacturers and networks.

Rumoured specs for the phone include a 1.2GHz processor, a 4-inch AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage and the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. It's supposed to look very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S.

There's been so much rumour and speculation about the Google Nexus Two already, that we don't doubt its existence, but there are still many questions. Hopefully after this week, we'll be a clearer about what's going on with the next-generation Android phone.

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