Google dreaming of Nexus 7-style smartphones? Uhm...

Google dreaming of Nexus 7-style smartphones? Uhm...Here’s a story we’re struggling to get our aging heads around. Maybe we’re taking it too literally. Or maybe we’re just being silly.

The story goes that Google is aiming for a series of Nexus smartphones “based on its Nexus 7 platform”. Zuh? A range of smartphones based on a tablet, y’say?

That’s the word according to the hit-and-miss storytellers at Digitimes, with credit going to typically anonymous “industry sources”.

The Digimen explain: “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.”

As such, we’re kinda struggling to see where the Nexus 7 thing fits in. I mean, if these Nexus 7-based smartphones look nothing like the Nexus 7, and have unique internals

Or maybe it’s more of a price thing. The Google Nexus 7 had pretty decent specs but was decidedly wallet-friendly.

In any case, the notion of several simultaneous Nexus OEMs is reiterated, as opposed to one lucky manufacturer. The sources have Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC all tipped for glory.

Interesting that Motorola is rarely mentioned alongside Nexus rumours. Seems they’re doomed not to receive “preferential treatment”.

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Kallzh  Oct. 5, 2012 at 17:27

You make it sound like the Nexus 7 has past it's time, with 'had decent specs' and 'was wallet friendly'... are you suggesting that there may be something coming up to replace it soon, or simply dismissing it as outdated?

Jim988  Oct. 5, 2012 at 18:28

Well, all we know now is that LG or LAG as i like to call them, have a nexus device in production.

I sincerely hope another manufacturer like Samsung joins in, really don't trust LAG to make a good device.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:15

Well, all we know now is that LG or LAG as i like to call them, have a nexus device in production.

I sincerely hope another manufacturer like Samsung joins in, really don't trust LAG to make a good device.

To be fair, LG's problem is software, something they wouldn't have to deal with if they were to be contracted by el Goog to produce the next Nexus phone.

Pondlife  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:23

Don't think that's been confirmed, it's suspected true enough. Don't see why Samsung would be likely to make a better Nexus, they've been a bit flat so far.

Jim988  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:31

To be fair, LG's problem is software, something they wouldn't have to deal with if they were to be contracted by el Goog to produce the next Nexus phone.
Good point, the Optimus G actually looked decent (great specs) apart from the "JB update coming in Q2 2013" part..which is clearly not acceptable for a device not even released yet, when devices such as the galaxy note 2 have no problem having jelly bean preinstalled.

Don't think that's been confirmed, it's suspected true enough. Don't see why Samsung would be likely to make a better Nexus, they've been a bit flat so far.

Not officially confirmed, but confirmed by enough sources that i trust for it to be true in my eyes.
What exactly do you think is flat about Samsung? They are probably the best all around android manufacturer out there.

Pondlife  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:37

They are, but not when making Nexus phones.

Jim988  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:49

They are, but not when making Nexus phones.

Why exactly are they not very good at making nexus phones then?

Pondlife  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:55

Because they don't care enough about them?

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2012 at 21:30

Because they don't care enough about them?
LG's hardware is usually pretty sound in their high-end devices, they just shoot themselves in the foot time and time again with crappy software.

Pondlife  Oct. 5, 2012 at 22:27

Was about Samsungs Nexus phones

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 6, 2012 at 03:51

Was about Samsungs Nexus phones
They tend to have pretty average hardware, IMO.

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