Samsung Nexus S With Android 2.4 At FCC?

A handset that looks very similar to the Samsung Nexus S made a surprise visit to the FCC, and rumours suggest that it could be coming with the next version of Android.

Engadget points out that the new phone carries the version number gt-i9023, which is close to the gt-i9020 ID tag of the Nexus S.

There's also that curious video of what seems to be the Nexus S running Android 2.4, carrying the same version number as the Nexus S that landed at the FCC.

But why would Google push Ice Cream (or Ice Cream Sandwich) just as the first Gingerbread phones are about to hit the market?

Given that phones like the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini are sold with Android 1.6, this could mean even more fragmentation for Google's OS.

What new features Ice Cream will bring to Gingerbread remain to be seen, but it is likely that hardware requirements will be much higher, meaning older phones may not even be compatible.