Today in Mobile

The industry is abuzz this morning about a post from claiming Samsung will hold a press conference Nov. 8 to introduce the Google Nexus Two. The phone is a follow-up to the Nexus One, of course, which was an ambitious attempt by Google to loosen the carriers’ grip on how phones are sold. But the Nexus One failed to overcome a host of pitfalls, including a lack of brick-and-mortar distribution and Google’s inability to handle customer service issues. As Kevin writes over at GigaOM today, the Nexus Two could still help change the way phones are sold, but that would likely require Google to step up and subsidize handsets instead of carriers. And with no way of guaranteeing money on the back end with service contracts, that’s just not going to happen.