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Is Google's Nexus Two coming from Samsung on Nov. 8?

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Google and Samsung may be gearing up to announce the Nexus Two Android phone at a press conference in New York on November 8, sources tell the Android site AndroidandMe.

Earlier this week, Samsung sent out invitations to the event for an unveiling of “a new Android device.” Given that the company just recently rolled out its high-end Galaxy S line of Android phones, the new device must be something special to warrant a media event of its own.

Anonymous sources tell the site that Samsung’s new phone will be the first device to ship with the just-completed Android 2.3 version, which also goes by the codename “Gingerbread”, and it will soon be available on multiple carriers.

Google’s January release of the Nexus One, which was built by HTC and dubbed a “superphone” because of its next-generation hardware, gave Android manufacturers a template to follow for the rest of the year. Given that Samsung just released some of the most polished Android hardware on the market, it makes sense that Google would want to leverage that to carry on the Nexus phone line.

Even if it’s not officially dubbed the Nexus Two, Samsung’s upcoming phone could well be a “Google experience” phone just like the Nexus One — meaning it will be getting its software updates directly from Google, instead of from the mobile carriers. Google has historically brought out major Android releases to the Nexus One faster than the carriers. Samsung Galaxy S users are still awaiting the Android 2.2 “Froyo” update, which has been delayed several times to the end of November.

Another possibility is that Samsung is gearing up to announce its Continuum phone for Verizon at the event, which sports dual displays.

The big takeaway? Wait two weeks before buying a new Android phone, because it seems like Samsung definitely has something interesting planned.