There's not normally that much to get excited about in October. Christmas is still a way off, bonfire night is a month away and the clocks go back making us all feel miserable that summer is over (except right now when summer appears to have come late).
But this year, there's at least one thing for us all to get excited about: high-end mobile announcements ahoy!
And the latest nugget to get us all hot under the collar - the official revealing of the Nexus Prime which is now being slated as October 11th. Yes, you read that correctly. Less than two weeks now!
How do we know this? Well, it's not based on rumour and speculation as the other announcement due on Oct 4th was for a long time. This one is already in the bag with Samsung sending out invitations for its 'Unpacked' event which is being held at the CTIA expo. Not coincidentally, the event is being co-hosted by none other than Google - Samsung's partner-in-Prime.
This is mouth watering for two reasons - not only will we get to see the new Flagship Google handset (drooooool) which we have been teased with for many a month, but Ice Cream Sandwich too which is looking a lot different now Honeycomb and Gingerbread have been combined and quite simply: we can't wait!
If you've not been paying attention, this'll wake you up: the Prime is expected to have a rather large 4.65in HD Super AMOLED screen, powerful Exynos chipset and dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Plus a 2,000mAh battery.
We're happy to be corrected if wrong, but surely that is the largest battery available on an Android device (tablets excluding) and with the expected advanced power management settings of ICS, we are expecting this baby to go like the clappers. Oh, and it looks nice too (apparently.)
Other than that, we're not massively certain what ICS will hold as it's been fairly quiet on that front minus the leaked video and a couple of screenshots. We do know there is a revamped Gmail client. The rest is mere speculation.
So, let's speculate. Because over on MyDroidWorld is a rather interesting post listing some apps that will be likely installed on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (essentially the same phone but with a bit of TouchWiz, we imagine).
One is an app called FaceLock.apk. With Google's admission a while back that ICS would use facial recognition, we can only summise this is a way of unlocking your screen using just your gorgeous (or maybe not so) feature set. Ha! In your face, Apple!
Other goodies include intimations that we'll have the Honeycomb version of Google Books and some form of Chrome browser bookmark sync. There is also a little package called PlusOne.apk which sounds intriguing.
Eitherway, this is getting really exciting. And while we hate to use the old cliche "iPhone killer" which is uttered far too much about everything from toasters to Nokias by some people, we certainly expect the Prime to make some kind of impact, however small, with this spec-list.
Although, we can't help feeling how nice it would be if the Prime didn't become too popular - so that those of us who (will) own one feel ever so much more exclusive.