Is Google targeting LG and HTC to build the next Nexus?

Is Google targeting LG and HTC to build the next Nexus?Google has released two own-brand Nexus phones so far – the Nexus One and the Nexus S – to mark the arrival of Android Froyo and Gingerbread respectively.

Now we're hearing of a third edition of Google's prestige handset that's being prepped to launch alongside Android Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, and have been dished up an image claiming to be an early prototype of the handset itself.

The Nexus handsets seem to be pet project for Google more than anything else, with sales of the two models thus far hardly setting the world alight.

But Google seems quite happy with that, so much so that it's planning to roll out the Nexus name for a third time to showcase Ice Cream Sandwich's talents.

US site Tech Hog quotes an insider source on the Android development team as saying Google is looking at a December launch for the handset – a similar timeframe to when we've seen the previous two Nexuses.

Once again, it'll be one of the usual Android suspects building the hardware, with Google apparently considering both LG and HTC for the task.

There are some question marks over the reliability of the source, however, with the image that has surfaced alongside the information now having been slammed as fake, though Tech Hog claims signs of obvious editing on the pic are down to removing sensitive info and features from the image.

Whether that's true or not remains to be seen. And even if the leaked image is real, the final design and spec will inevitably differ considerably from an early prototype.

We'll leave this one as a big question mark for now.

Via PocketNow

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JanSt / MOD  May. 29, 2011 at 15:14

You gotta love the 21st century: a blurry pic of something flat is world news :)

nutesh09  May. 29, 2011 at 19:55

htc and samsung already got chances in nexus one and nexus s.... This tym LG should get the chance to design the new google's nexus and should name google optimus nexus......

CTPAHHIK  May. 30, 2011 at 08:51

Agree with nute, LG should be next or ZTE.

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2011 at 12:50

I think Apple should make the next Nexus. That'll shut up both fanboy camps.
Seriously, LG made arguably the worst WP7*** device...and the x2 has all sorts of issues. Maybe give ZTE a chance? (***though maybe LG figured early on that the 1st batch would bomb, and didn't make a big effort?)

Admin  May. 30, 2011 at 13:57

The LG P970 is a piece of crap in terms of being buggy but the hardware build and feel in hand is fantastic. I think LG have it in them to make a great Nexus series if they were tighter on the QA.

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2011 at 15:10

That is a good point, actually.

Poiszon  May. 30, 2011 at 19:13

are you guys saying you dont care for the new nexus s? Just curious before I pop on one.

CTPAHHIK  May. 30, 2011 at 22:15

X2 is buggy, but not broken; as in having software and not hardware problems. LG provides hardware and Google software. You have to admit LG did have dual-core two month ahead of competition.

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2011 at 22:33

but Google's role is not to perform LG's QA. It's LG who ships those phones.
It is similar to problems with network branded firmwares. The manufacturers blame the networks and vice versa.
(reminds me how much I'm looking forward to NFC f*ck-ups LOL Software makers, hardware manufacturers, networks, terminal builders, banks, shops, insurance companies, store management, and careless and careful endusers all blaming each other... Happy days ahead.

Admin  Jun. 2, 2011 at 18:26

@Poiszon - Nah we are guessing who will build the new Nexus (Google reference phone). The Nexus S is a good handset although the plastic casing feels cheap as with all recent Samsung handsets.

CTPAHHIK  Jun. 2, 2011 at 21:33

Nexus S does not have SD card. What were they thinking?


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