Oct 04 AT 10:30 AM Taylor Wimberly 83 Comments

Digitimes says Nexus branded phones from Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC are likely


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?

Source: Digitimes

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  • Steve

    This is amazing!!! Choice when it comes to vanilla Android?? Wow!!!

    • Dr.Carpy

      I agree. I’ve never been so happy to have so many Vanilla choices presented to me! I like the fact Google has laid out a baseline. Now to that end, manufacturers that want a higher market share will bring on cutting edge tech in order to”win” the Nexus war. This news made my day! Alright Manufacturers! Ready, set, FIGHT!!

  • Meister_Li

    Honestly, I really want to give Sony some money at this point. They’re probably THE OEM that does the most for the open source community and Android at large, so I have some bias towards them. Besides, their phones look elegant and feel nice in hand, and have great screens and cameras. Now if only the CPU/GPU and RAM are up to snuff…

    • mikelward

      I love everything except that transparent bar and chin on their latest Xperia phones. What’s up with that?

      • Meister_Li

        Yeah, that was a really weird choice. Luckily, it’s already gone with the Arco, T and other newer Sony Xperias.

      • M0nk

        The current “Unlock” mechanism with a webpage is also not something to love. Android should come kernel unlocked or at least unlockeable with an system embedded into the phone. I hope that the Nexus brand keeps its most valuable asset for Die Hard Android users

        • hasan

          I reckon all the Nexus phones will not have locked bootloaders.

    • kazahani

      100% agreed. Sony devices look so sleek, and I really want to end up purchasing the Sony Nexus when it comes out.

    • acey_zero

      Yeah, I could go for a Sony Nexus, depending on the details. Especially if it was based on or similar to the Xperia V. A waterproof nexus with SD slot and removable battery would be pretty sweet :)

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      If Google’s minimum hardware requirement is true then they will all most likely have the same processor. I believe 1.5ghz quad s4 pro, I was originally going for Sony but after hearing htc’s nexus I switched. If they all have fairly similar hardware then Sony for me. Sony has the best camera, awesome screen, and great look and feel to their phones.

    • iKron

      Are you kidding? Sony is in decline in the Open Source Community, because they have failed to give back anything they’ve used out of it….. just like Apple!

      Since Sir Ignutz Howard Stringer fired Ken Kutaragi… Sony has destroyed itself under Sir Ignutz’s control. The once vaunted #1 R&D in the World has been completely gutted and ever more attempts to cut features of PS3 while also stomping all over the HOME BREW Community Ken had built up, Sony is now a mere shell of the once great electronics designer.

      No way with Stringer’s replacement a virtual mental replacement of him. One who in all likelyhood can barely operate a toaster unassisted will continue to barely operate Sony into the ground!!!

  • Vance

    HTC yah you know me

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Who’s down with HTC?

    • jamal adam

      Imagine having the rumored 5in HTC smartphone with 1080p screen as one of the Nexuses (or is it Nexi)

      • jamal adam

        Thanks for the information. Very helpful and love the Technology one.

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  • Gary

    Whichever one has the best camera and allows the the most amount of storage. The only two features that really disappoint me about the Galaxy Nexus.

  • dacatalyst41

    A CDMA Nexus by HTC would be ideal so long as the battery is a beast.

  • Gary

    A nexus padfone would be nice. Maybe they’re the rumored fifth manufacturer

    • acey_zero

      That would be epic

  • Hinds2009

    I’m looking at HTC or Sony ! I want great camera and premium hardware!

  • Johannes

    A galaxy nexus on the level of a galaxy s 3 would be the best move samsung could do this year

    • lilmoe

      Snapdragon S4 Pro, Exynos 5, or GTFO….

      • lilmoe

        Add 2GB of RAM to that…

  • uzunoff

    I am not sure how to take this.
    Usually Nexus devices are tested and supported by Google. My Nexus phones were build very well and I can definitely tell differences in quality and performance when I compare them to the flagship phones of the same manufacturer.
    So with this multiple Nexus vendors approach, how much would Google spend on quality testing the devices, making sure that they meet the Google brand quality.
    Also are they going to be in charge of the updates as well? what if the updates don’t work with the theme that the manufacturer installed?

    I would like to see how this would work first, before making any judgments.

    • Nate B.

      The theme is a feature. It’s not something stuck on the device. It’s part of the native android code. This new update will be a layout for 5.0. They don’t just update phones without it having some foundation for future upgrades. Every phone is future proof to some extent.

      • Randy Walsh

        The big question is updates. Because Google does not do updates on all the Nexus Devices that already exist. This is why it took so long (and there are still problems) for the Verizon and Sprint Nexus phones to get Jelly Bean. Some are updated by the OEM or Carrier. Unlike The Play Store Gnex which got JB first right from Google. If you have to wait on the OEM or Carrier for updates it will still take much longer than it should.

  • Kyle B

    I honestly don’t want to see another nexus or 4.0 device and up with physical or capacitive buttons. was hoping this would be a requirement from google but from the looks of things i could be wrong. I think the future of smartphone design will be 0 bezel and ICS was indicative of that. I guess we’ll see


      Agreed. I would have thought everyone would be coming out with phones like that. Makes for a much cleaner look.

  • hector

    Xperia T based Nexus would be killer!

    • Gary

      Especially if it’s Playstation certified

    • acey_zero

      I would rather have one based off the Xperia V personally. Except for having a slightly smaller screen (which I actually prefer), it is equal to or better than the T in almost every respect. Plus it is waterproof and has a removable battery! :)

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      With a 1.5ghz quad s4 pro, 2gb,and a 5″ screen. Since it will have software buttons it will be like 4.7.

  • thebigwinner

    I can’t think of a phone I’d rather have than than an HTC Nexus. Essentially a One X+ powered by a vanilla Jellybean and without capacitive buttons would suit me just fine.

  • Nate B.

    I honestly dot want the same design as phones that are out now just with stock. They need to have their own design separate from their recently released flagship phones. Be unique and keep the Nexus in its own class. Whatever they were working on for future devices they need to try and go ahead and slap that on. The nexus needs to stop being basically what is already out but with stock android. We will see.

  • Tom Peterson

    I hope letting the manufacturers customize it just means using different pre-set themes or something, NOT coming out with stuff like Touchwiz and so on. Otherwise, this is a useless plan.

    And what the hell is wrong with your site’s headlines? You can’t easily copy them in Chrome (or at all).

  • Cxman

    I’d lean towards HTC, or maybe Motorola … mostly though I want one of them to be around 4″ … I really like the size of my Nexus S 4G and am hoping that ll the future Nexii aren’t 4.7″-5″ beasts.

  • Manny Fleurmond

    One way we might benefit from this is that if the Nexus phones are similar enough to flagship phones, it might be easier for custom ROMs like CM to be made. AOSP FTW

  • cristian cristiandonose

    I would love to see a Sony and Motorola Nexus. I think i would go for a Sony, i like their designs.

  • cthonctic

    If only one OEM was to be chosen this time around it’d have to be Samsung again, hands down.
    But since that seems not to be the case, I would absolutely like to also see devices from LG, HTC, Sony, and Motorola under the Nexus banner (meaning: OS updates by no other than Google without OEM/carrier fiddling or bloatware).

    Choice is always great for us, and Nexus choice even more so.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Why Samsung again if only one OEM was chosen? Wouldn’t it be time to give someone else a chance? Samsung’s Nexus phones are simple rebrandings (and scaling down, in some cases) of their current flagships. And some people (myself included) refuse to support Samsung for business reasons.

      • masterpfa

        They have only expressed a preference. I too would be happy with another Samsung Nexus device. I like my current phone and I am more than happy with the phones they have out currently.

        On the other hand I would be pleased with a Nexus device from any of the mentioned manufacturers and even someone like Asus.

        My requirements would be build quality, class matching screen, decent camera, latest cpu/gpu combination and above all a design not aping any of the manufacturers current line up.

  • westy

    Its Either Sony or HTC for me. I am waiting for a Sony powerhouse phone. They have the best cameras and good displays, just need the CPU and RAM to match. Love the build quality of their phones. HTC is number two for me, only because i like the look a feel of their phones and have been buying smart phones from them since the HTC Dash. My only beef with them is they dropped the ball with the N-1 with the multi-touch issue and they always seem to have some hardware flaw with their phones. I will have to see the LG phone before i buy it, LG has made some pretty shitty phones so im skeptical. My only hope is that Samsung made shitty phones too and they stepped up their game. So we will see.

    Just dont make the phone over 4.65 inches. I already feel that they stretched it with 4.65 and wanted them to keep it at 4.5 but i am use to the galaxy nexus now so ill deal. PLEASE DONT PASS 4.65 inches!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    I’ve been wondering if Sony is the sleeper competitor in all this craze for a while now. I expect that one day – not too far from now – Samsung will have some real competition from Sony, and they’ll be blindsided.

    I won’t buy a Samsung Nexus, and I’ve already been burned by LG, but I would go with HTC or Sony.

  • foggyflute

    Xperia Nexus V… I want it.

  • CTown

    It would make a lot of sense if the Razor M is part of the Nexus program, as it already uses on screen buttons.

    Will this expanded Nexus problems cause problems for the way high-end Android are sold? Technically, a user wouldn’t have to buy a device outside the Play store to find what they like. Also, Google and Amazon sell their products either at a loss or a lower profit margin. Could this ruin the HUGE progit margins made on flagship Android phones?

  • raghu

    as far as sony made nexus..

    i guess it would be xperia s
    remember that xperia s has been added to aosp program just few weeks back..

    so.. i guess it is the device

  • jamal adam

    The possible names of the Nexus devices:
    Optimus Nexus, Nexus X (HTC One series is a bit tricky because One Nexus would be weird), Galaxy Nexus II, Xperia Nexus, Razr Nexus.

  • Orion78

    The more OEMs the better!!! This is going to be alot of fun picking which one suits the best. Samsung and HTC are in the running but we shall see.

  • Jonathan

    I’d really like to see a RAZR nexus maxx hd. Stock android phone with all day battery life?! Yes please!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I love nexus rumors.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Hopefully they are all pentaband GSM 42mbps HSPA+ with lte for tmo and att. I think the note 2 supports tmo’s lte so its future proofed.

  • ray

    Guess they’re never gonna fix the current models horrible low sound level. I’m done with android..was promised better performance getting a Google direct phone % can barely hear on it. Complaints on nexus forums abound but silence from big g

    • Meister_Li

      Install a custom Kernel like franco’s kernel, set the sound to high quality and +3 Volume and your ears will love you.

  • MoSDeeb

    I am holding out hope for a Sony Nexus

    • Dr.Carpy

      Agreed I really want the Sony Nexus or like Nick, the HTC. The 5″ Sharp screen should be crazy! However the Bravia Screen on the Sony Nexus should be pretty awesome as well! If the Xperia TL is any indication, Sony will have a beautiful offering to the Nexus Party.

      PS: With more than one Nexus, are they now Nexi?

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Really happy to see all of you in favor of an HTC Nexus. If it happens, it’ll be my first Nexus purchase.

    The specs on the 5-inch HTC device are amazing, but I honestly want something that’ll appeal to a wider audience. HTC needs to put out the HTC Nexus Two and with a 4.3-inch 720p display, quad-core S4 processor, 8-12 megapixel camera with HTC’s ImageChip and ImageSense software and the wide-angle ffc that’s on the upcoming HTC 8X. Combine all of that with a 2500 mAh battery in a 9mm thick body and you have yourself a winning device.

  • Laurentiu V.

    Motorola Razr Nexus – I what that huge battery.

  • Nathan D.

    My little dream came true! I love this new approach Google is making. I can’t wait to see the different types of nexus phones to come out. I am picking up the phone with the most powerful specs.

  • Prince77

    All I need to know is if one, two or all of these devices are going to Verizon?? I’m with Sprint right now, and I am fed up with their lack of signal strength. I seen first hand how fast and great the signal is with Verizon and I am planning to sign on with them in April when my contract with Sprint is up. Unless they come through before then, which I doubt.

  • BigCiX

    I’m going with HTC or LG

  • Arthur V.*

    So, what will be the names for the new Nexus phones in Brazil, where Google didn’t get an agreement with the local owner of the “Nexus” trademark so the Galaxy Nexus is called “Galaxy X”?

  • Raptor

    ANY brand or OS, i don’t care (all are crippled versions of desktop OS, ideally true Windows 8, do not mix with Windows Phone 8) with
    - 1080p resolution
    - 5″+ screen (phablet)
    - 3000+ battery
    - 4-cores
    - lot of RAM and flash

  • RonWeez

    I just hope with multiple devices and letting OEMs make their own nexus device that their is no confusing who controls the updates. Cause if the OEMs have control over the nexus then its just a stock android phone not a nexus

  • amnesia

    I want a white HTC One X+ with vanilla 4.1 (and up).

  • http://gplus.to/winkx droidguyuk

    Lg looks good 2G of RAM voice activated camera s4 quad core CPU but I also like Sony , also the HTC window’s phone will have a 16MP snapper could that be on the nexus 5? This is what they should have done ages back, I have a galaxy Note and if that was a nexus phone it would be 2x better.

  • Gerrell Blake

    If all these phones are not sold through the Google play store then I don’t trust this free for all on nexuses all getting updated at the same time especially seeing how you can have a unlocked gsm nexus and it STILL not be updated….my yakjuzs unlocked nexus would probably still be waiting for job if I didn’t flash the build on it myself some times when things sound too good to be true its probably because there’s something that’s gonna prevent it from being too good

    • Gerrell Blake

      *jelly bean

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I don’t care if I have to sell a kidney, if Sony makes a Nexus that will surely be my next phone, no questions asked. Here’s for Sony Xperia Nexus.

    • brandnew234

      What if it’s got a non-removable battery, no SD card, and only 16gb onboard?

  • Scott

    Im absolutely loving the multiple Nexus choices but i am not going to enjoy the names…. LG “Optimus” G Nexus should be The LG Nexus G or the Google Nexus G. and the RAZR Nexus is crap.. Xperia Nexus, should be the Nexus X. and i would love The HTC Nexus 5. As long as they throw a sexy name into it im in love

  • ichigo

    here comes the android army!

  • Y314K

    I would love a Galaxy Note II Nexus from Samsung… I think that would be even better then the LG Nexus…. They will just need to make the wands special options add-on apps for it…

    If TMobile wants to really go from 4th to 3rd… They should come up with a way for either Value customers or even classic customers to finance or use their upgrades to get a Nexus devices… I bet Google would work with them to make them a all in Nexus upgrade carrier… That would bring tons of Value & Classic 2-year subscribers to TMobile… I would go pre-paid but every time I do the math of what it would cost to go pre-paid for two years and upgrades to $500 phones… Value or sometimes even Classic end up costing the same or less then pre-paid…

    Hopefully that is something being worked on…

  • Mind Mechanic

    Um, hold on a second. Am I reading this right? “Google reportedly will allow branded vendors to set hardware specifications … as long as the models are based on its latest native Android system” – meaning that all the vendors will have to do is provide vanilla android on any old handset, with any specs? So no reference/required hardware? ie. no 64 MB of secure memory for media streaming, doesn’t have to be future proof, etc…
    If that’s the case, this is a not a good turn for the Nexus brand at all.

  • Perry

    Shut up and take my money…all of it…..PLEASE!!!!!

  • Al

    Wow! This is definitely the most exciting news out of these months…I wanna get rid of my Nexus One so bad after these 2 years, but I could always find faults in OEM phones, and I didn’t want Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus. It’s nice to have choices, and no locked bootloader bullshit…

  • brandnew234

    I’m honestly not sure, I suppose whoever has the most on board storage. If Google put a max on the amount of memory you can put in your phone, or ban SD card slots I’m going to be FURIOUS! Absolutely furious. However, if they DON’T try and limit storage, I’ll be so excited. With that out of the way, I’d have trouble choosing. Probably Motorola for battery life and build quality (I spend a lot of time hiking around water), or HTC for their build quality. Maybe Samsung, too for the removable battery and (probably?) SD card slot.

  • BAYO

    I’m tired of Samsung…most probably I’ll get the HTC…

  • Thamer

    It the htc nexus make. Hmmmmmm.