From Galaxy to Nexus, and other Android news

by Kristen Nicole

From Galaxy to Nexus

As with most weeks, this one saw a series of new Android device rumors, including a new Samsung (005930.KS) Nexus S. Engadget has reportedly gotten its hands on some revealing slides, showcasing a new flagship phone. So far, the Nexus S specs include Android 2.3 OS, a 4.3-inch sAMOLED2 display, and an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video recording.

The hopeful tablet

In other device news, Nvidia’s (NVDA) CEO commented yesterday of upcoming trends around Android tablets. Jen-Hsun Huang says they’ll have to be “truly remarkable” if they hope to compete with the reigning iPad.

The news came during an earnings call for Q3 2010, revealing a profit slip for the Santa Clara, CA, graphic chip supplier. Nvidia has hopes of Android tablets helping it out of that rut.

Market maintenance

As more devices wrap their dreams around Android’s mobile platform, Google (GOOG) makes an effort to keep the app Market clean. It’s pulled an app created by Jon Oberhide, CTO of Scio Security, reports CNET.

He created the app to prove the Android vulnerability, disguised as an expansion for Angry Birds, a popular title that’s reached record downloads in the Android Market these past few weeks. Google’s also begun rolling out a fix for the issue.

Google’s also dropping more hints around Android Market updates, with a blog post yesterday heeding developers to prepare for some changes. "In preparation for introducing some new Market features (that we think you'll like), we're about to launch a re-scan of all ... legacy apps," Tim Bray says.

With expectations growing around Android 2.3, there’s no telling what this update could be about. So far, however, rumors include PayPal integration for app purchases and a Google music subscription service.