Last night we reported that Google was opening up their Nexus program to any OEM, as long as they adhered to a set of hardware and software standards. We know that LG is making a Nexus phone, but other rumors have pointed to Samsung, Sony, Motorola, and HTC.
Today Digitimes quoted some industry sources that claim Samsung, Sony, LG, and HTC were all “potential partners” in the Nexus program. All of these manufacturers have been previously rumored to make a Nexus device, but we have only seen evidence of the LG Optimus G Nexus.
Digitimes also claims, “Google reportedly will allow branded vendors to set hardware specifications as well as looks of the forthcoming Nexus smartphones as long as the models are based on its latest native Android system, said the sources, adding that this approach seems to be acceptable to brand players, since Google apparently is keeping its promise of not offering preferential treatment to Motorola.”
Jessica Dolcourt of CNET reports that Motorola Senior Vice President of Product Management Rick Osterloh told them, “We will absolutely be one of the people considered the next time Google delivers its Nexus phone…but we’re not going to receive special treatment.” Jerry Hildenbrand of Android Central said last month that Motorola might be working on a RAZR Nexus, but we haven’t heard anything since.
We have been told that Google already handed out new Nexus devices to their employees this week, so the number of leaks and rumors should be increasing this month.
Right now only the LG Optimus G Nexus is certain, but we can still dream about these other devices. Which OEM would you pick for your next Nexus?