We analysed the first few minutes of the 44-minute interview given by Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt during the Web 2.0 Summit held in San Francisco two days ago.
We extracted four photos (see below) from the video which can be viewed here and we tried to guess based on what we saw and heard, who the manufacturer of the phone may be.
There are a number of assumptions that we held during the process; firstly that the phone will be built by one of the big mobile phone manufacturers (LG, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Motorola or Samsung).
Our assumptions won't hold if the phone is manufactured by ZTE or G-Five for example because there's not enough smartphones on the market to define their style.
Which brings us to our second assumption which is that handset families share DNA. For example, the Droid family from Motorola tend to have squarish shapes, the same can be said about the Sony Ericsson Xperia family.
The four photos show a number of interesting things; firstly that the phone almost certainly comes with a flash. There's also a white (or metallic) speaker grill at the top of the handset, four touch sensitive keys and a bulge on the left hand side of the phone that appear to be something other than a mere SIM slot.
There's an additional fifth photo from Engadget that shows a very slight curvature in the chassis.
The white metallic grill can be found on the HTC Desire HD and the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC's camera come with Flash and a circular design of some sort as on the picture, both HTC and Samsung tend to place SIM slots on the left hand side of handsets.
Arguably, Samsung appears to be the logical choice since Engadget produced photos of the Nexus S bearing the Samsung and Google logos (which Androidandme claim to be photoshopped).
Our analysis of the sound effects of the phone (scroll to 02:50 on the video interview) have been inconclusive.