Google may use multiple hardware partners for new Nexus

May 15, 2012
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If you're anything like me, than you were somewhat disappointed in the Galaxy Nexus, and hoping that Google would move on to another company for 2012's iteration of the developer device. So news that Samsung would again be making a Google-branded smartphone, and perhaps even a tablet, weren't at all encouraging. There's good news out of the Wall Street Journal, though: Google may be working with multiple hardware partners for the next version of Android, and presumably, the next round of developer devices.

This would mean that more device manufacturers can produce a new phone or tablet for release as soon as Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" (or whatever the name and number turn out to be) soon after the new OS is officially announced. This might actually diminish the Nexus program, since there wouldn't be a single target device at the launch of the new OS. But if Google intends to share its OS early, we can hope that it insists the first device is "pure" Android, as has been the case for all the Nexus phones and the XOOM.

Not to toot my own horn here, but I called for something similar in the fall of last year. While this isn't a "Nexus Certification Program", it is an expansion of developer-class devices and a concerted effort of Google's part to get more pure Android phones and tablets into consumers' hands. Granted, all of this is rumor at this point, but the Wall Street Journal has been accurate on Google-focused predictions before. Cross your fingers, folks.

[via SlashGear]


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  • firethorn

    Fine, as long as I can buy a Nexus device by Samsung (if smartphone) or Asus (if tablet).
    Disappointed by the Galaxy Nexus? Can’t understand that personally, but to each their own I suppose.

  • Android

    Agree with firethorn, I am not disappointed with my GNEX, and asus should be the tablet mfr. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/coreyvallejo Corey Vallejo

    I’m not at all disappointed in the Galaxy Nexus. It’s hands down the best Android phone I’ve ever used and it’s everything I hoped it would be.

    • Tek112

      Was… Until the HTC One X. However, I do agree it is a great phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/coreyvallejo Corey Vallejo

        The US version of the HTC One X might not have an unlockable bootloader, in which case the US Galaxy Nexus would still win my vote from a modding and community standpoint.

      • Rokampa

        Htc garbage less and less storage. APPS are not getting smaller pull your head out.

  • mmm333k

    uh, not Samsung again.

  • Michael Sheils

    The way other people are reporting on the WSJ rumor is that it’s the nexus program itself expanding and Google are planning to direct sell many different nexus devices from 5 manufacturers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120074466 David LaCivita

    I like my Verizon GNex but am hugely disappointed in the available accessories.  I’m not sure if I should blame Samsung or Verizon or both.  I’m willing to pay a reasonable price for a car dock and a landscape dock that take advantage of the pogo pins.  By “reasonable” I mean I expect to pay a “Nexus” tax but not $90 for the existing desktop dock.

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  • nory826

    i dont understand all the hate towards samsungs nexus devices. i love the nexus s and my galaxy nexus. i do agree it is another OEMs turn, but it would be even sweeter if it were five OEMs for five nexus devices! ive been waiting for google to do this for a long time, and i hope the rumors are true. now anyone will be able to pick up a nexus phone from their favorite manufacturer. its going to be a beautiful thing. pure awesomeness

  • Cyan

    I just want a Nexus with a slide-out keyboard and I’ve been waiting for too long.