There seems to be a bit of a “pick me” thing going on with Android OEMs right now. Through the week we were talking about LG's hopes for a little Nexus action in its future, while HTC seems to fancy its chances too.
Now we're hearing similar vibes from Asus, although relating more to updates than Nexus love. The song, however, remains the same: we're doing well, so we're hoping for preferential treatment from Google in the future. Makes you wonder what Google-owned Motorola is making of all of this.
Back to Asus, and its comments revolve around the pushing out of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean updates. Android updates in the past have come to different handsets – and different manufacturers – at drastically varying times, and there's clearly some preferential treatment going on in terms of who gets their hands on the all-important code first (as we mentioned through the week, working with Google directly on a new Nexus handset is obviously the best option).
But while there's no talk of an Asus-made Nexus handset as far as we're aware, the recent successes the Taiwanese firm has had with its Eee Pad tablet line has the company convinced it's one of Google's favoured few right now.
“Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update,” Asus corporate vice-president Benson Lin told TechRadar at MWC this week.
Sounds reasonable, and we'd imagine there'll be a fair few Padfones needing updated when that time comes judging by the reception of Asus' new phone/tablet hybrid in Barcelona.
The problem for Asus, of course, is that quite a few companies arrived at MWC with a strong hand to play, and can legitimately make the exact same claim as Asus' Lin.
Should make for a busy time once Jelly Bean does touch down, and however the pecking order stacks up, Google looks set to be the one guaranteed winner from the whole business.