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Who Should Google Partner With for Their Next Nexus Device?

Posted In Featured, Polls - By Mark Hearn On Monday, February 27th, 2012 9:44am PST With 25 Comments

In the beginning there was the Nexus One, a device that Sprint originally planned on receiving, but later passed on in favor of the now legendary HTC EVO 4G. The following year Sprint made up for skipping on Google’s purebred Android by securing the nation’s only 4G version of the Nexus S 4G. Fast-forward to current times and the Now Network is slated to receive Google’s third Nexus device any day now.

With all of this talk and excitement surrounding the arrival of the Galaxy Nexus, we wouldn’t be surprised if the search giant is already working on the fourth installment of their Nexus catalog. However, the million dollar question is, which OEM will be tasked with bringing this new Nexus to life? So far we’ve seen one handset from HTC and two from Samsung, which in theory makes us rule out the latter. This leaves both LG and Motorola as prime candidates for Mountain View’s next purebred.

Recently LG openly stated that they were in negotiations with Google and campaigning to work on their next Nexus, but nothing had been finalized. Seeing how El Goog dropped $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility, there’s reason to believe that their newest subsidiary may have the honors.

With talks of tablets and Android 5.0 already being in the works, there’s no telling what to expect from Google’s next in-house device. But we’d definitely love to hear what you guys would like to see. Which manufacturer do you think Google should partner with for their next Nexus device? Be sure to share your thoughts via the comments explaining what led to your decision.

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About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronthegentleman Ron TheGentleman

    i say give LG a chance, they are late in the game, they deserve a chance at it

  • WillieFDiaz

    Anyone except Motor (due to Blur) and LG (due to subpar phone quality) seems HTC and Samsung are more about the best hardware going forward.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Nexus devices don’t have custom UI’s so if Moto did make it, it wouldn’t have blur.

  • Tommy Thompson

    LG is the only one that I feel has NOTHING to contribute. Samsung has the screens. Motorola has the big battery, small package (MAXX) and HTC has build quality. Maybe they should make it a joint effort.

  • Roy Anderson

    Motorola!!! Let’s see what Google can do with their OS on what is now essentially Google’s hardware. Now if they would just purchase Sprint and control Network, OS, and Hardware. That’s what I would like to see.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KC3WLQZPVEAEXERCNYB743A2BU tellas

    I would say Motorola since Google purchased them last year.

  • unashamedgeek

    I vote for Motorola. I think the build quality of my original Droid is better than the HTC Evo I have owned for almost 2 years now.

  • kingp

    It will be Motorola, but should be HTC. The Nexus One was an awesome device. I’ll never buy another Nexus, as long as Samsung makes them. This debacle with Ice Cream Sandwich and the NS4G has burned me enough. I also hate Samsung phones.

  • http://twitter.com/MisterHearn Mark Hearn

    Actually LG makes the iPhone’s Retina Display and their NOVA isn’t too shabby. Just sayin.

  • Tommy Thompson

    They manufacture a display they don’t use in their own products, so that doesn’t really help the Nexus, and the Super Amoled Plus is superior to the Nova. :P

  • Dtek

    It’s going to be motorola. Simple as that.

  • Tommy Thompson

    You do realize updates come from Google, not Sammy right?

  • http://twitter.com/twospirits David Vega

    Most likely it will be LG. Google has said on numerous occasions that it will treat Motorola as a separate entity and would not give them preferential treatment. They keep saying this so they won’t upset any other Android phone maker. But on the other side of the coin, if they are to be treated as any regular manufacturer then they can bid like anyone else for the rights to do a Nexus product.
    personally, Both HTC and Samsung are making tons of money from making Android devices and if Google does decide to make Motorola the nexus maker those other two will still continue making Android devices as best as they currently do and nothing will matter in the end.
    Motorola has the creativity to do great things, the lapdock design in something that Google saw useful and is now incorporating into their newer code. They should be given the spot to make a Nexus line. Including no blur or locked bootloader.
    But as usual only time will tell.

  • http://twitter.com/MisterHearn Mark Hearn

    Not exactly. A new Nexus easily justifies a new display. What better platform than Google’s flagship to release it on? Not saying this would be the case, but it really isn’t an impossible thing.

  • http://twitter.com/AliMazooji Ali M

    I agree. Based on the quality of the products they’re putting out on the market, I’d still go with Samsung. If they want to share the love, I think Motorola is the next best option. They’ve made some quality devices, culminating with the Razr. However, Google’s currently in a lose lose situation with them, in regards to the Nexus. They’re primed for their chance (and they deserve it), but if they get it, everyone will whine about Google giving preferential treatment.

  • Alan Fortte

    I don’t care, as long as it’s new, simple, and breathtaking it doesn’t matter. Most likely the names are

    LG Optimus Nexus
    HTC One Nexus (LOL)
    Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2
    Motorola DROID Nexus?

    Just some assumptions here.

  • Alan Fortte

    Maybe the LG will have NOVA+?

    I’d like the screen to have
    Quattron Technology, featured in SHARP Aquos TV’s
    Same 700 nits of brightness
    Something LIKE AMOLED, but not too saturated (AMOLED is oversaturated in my opionion)
    And if not, the ability to NOT see the pixels on the screen, IDC what are the pixels in it, I just want it to be crisp and clear.

  • ArchangelRenzoku

    That’s not entirely true. ‘Sammy’ has to receive the ICS update from Google and then actually fit the device by matching the firmware with what’s compatible from the new Android version. So it more or less comes from Sammy whether the device gets it or not.

    Plus, Samsung phones do kinda suck.

  • ArchangelRenzoku

    Motorola has been pretty awesome with it’s phones as of late (forget the old Verizon ones and the non-smartphones they made :P ). My vote goes with them. If it’s anything as awesome as the Photon, let alone this new Droid 4… I’m all for it. Google bought Motorola Mobility anyway. It should be a giveaway.

  • kingp

    Tommy, I’m well aware of that. Have you actually used a Nexus S 4G device? The reception is terrible, and Samsung makes poor design choices for their phones. Why can’t Samsung have just a simple LED notification light, for missed messages/calls. I feel like I’m strapped to the damn phone, having to constantly check for missed messages.

  • Tommy Thompson

    No, Nexus devices are pure Google devices. All Samsung provides is the hardware, the software is all Google.

  • Tommy Thompson

    ” This debacle with Ice Cream Sandwich and the NS4G has burned me enough.” Says otherwise. I have used a Nexus S 4G, didn’t have a single issue.

  • Tommy Thompson

    the Droid brand is a Verizon brand, not a Motorola brand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pyroscott Scott Johnson

    Galaxy Nexus has a LED notification. Nexus S is an awesome phone. Samsung makes great phones.

  • Mrletitrock1324

    They make Retina?! Now they CAN’T make ra Nexus! Theyre traitors!