Last week saw Apple announce its newest smartphone, and Google will soon get up and do the same, telling the world about its next Nexus handset and Android operating system.

Much like the Nexus S released earlier this year, Google’s new flagship smartphone is expected to continue the “Nexus” name, adding “Prime” to its title.

Built by Samsung and to be unveiled at a Samsung mobile later this month, the Nexus Prime is rumoured to feature a 4.6 inch Super AMOLED 720p screen with curved glass, 32GB of storage, a fast dual-core processor, the graphics processor used in Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4s, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p Full HD capture, a big battery, and even support for the LTE 4G network recently launched by Telstra.

It will also run on the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, also known as Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This new version of Android is expected to push both the mobile and tablet platform into one operating system instead of two distinct systems, the way it is now.

While Google and Samsung originally planned to launch both products this week, the companies have decided to postpone the event due to the passing of Steve Jobs.