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Asus rumored to be the hardware partner for the Nexus Tablet

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Asus rumored to be the hardware partner for the Nexus Tablet
We don't want to pat ourselves on the back too much, but just last week we did an in-depth piece on not just which hardware manufacturer is most likely to be Google's partner for the Nexus tablet, but which manufacturer should be chosen for the job. In that piece, we singled out Asus as the most deserving for the Nexus tablet job, and it looks like we might be right. 

As of now, it is still just a rumor, but word has it that Asus actually is the hardware partner for Google's upcoming $199 Nexus tablet. The new comes second-hand from the founder of Android and Me, Taylor Wimberly, who says that two trusted sources told him at Mobile World Congress that Asus is the hardware partner for Google on this project. 

If Taylor trusts the sources, we have no reason to doubt that they believe it to be true. Of course, we don't know exactly who the sources are, or where they got their info, so we have to file this as an unsubstantiated rumor at this point. But, with Google I/O just under 4 months away, we should have confirmed info soon enough. 

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posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:37 10

1. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


well...asus said it will be the first to try jelly bean
It's obvious !!!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:42 10

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Yeah you're right :p And Asus is pretty much producing some of the best quality Android tablets atm so it's a good choice. Hoping to get an HD display and a quad-core processor on a sub$200 price tag! :p

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:00 14

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Jelly Bean will not be on the Nexus tablet. The Nexus tablet will likely be Android 4.1, which will still be ICS. Jelly Bean will be on the new Nexus phone in the fall.

Also, Asus said it would be "in the first wave" with the Jelly Bean update, which just means that it will continue to be faster than everyone else with updates (like it was with ICS), because it doesn't skin or have carrier review delays.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:08 7

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


^ THIS +1000 ^

BAM!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 20:56 2

16. remixfa (Posts: 14149; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


If its true than I was completely wrong in my counter assessment. Going back n thinking about it after reading my old comments, I dont know why I skipped over Asus in my placement, but I sure as heck did. I would have put it sammy, asus, then huawei as the dark horse otherwise. Still wrong either way. :)

As much as a nexus tablet sounds awesome, I need to know where its made. I know Asus has a lot of stuff made through foxconn, and im not about to buy that after all the hell I've been raising over apple MS and foxconn.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 00:01 2

20. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


http://www.concept-phones.com/?s=Bob+Freking

You can see here my concept for jellybean and a concept (not really good( of a nexus tablet, Asus Eee Pad Nexus that I made a long time ago.

and by the way guys, I made the Motorola Atrix 3. Hate to spoil it up to you guys. :)

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 09:48 1

23. remixfa (Posts: 14149; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I like some of your designs.

That lumia zero concept would have been cooler had you kept the whole phone and page black, with just a slight cyan glow coming from behind the device to illuminate the edges ( it gives homage to the 900) as well as light the buttons up. Sounds like a killer promo/teaser shot to me. :)

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 01:28

22. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


I just hoped that jelly bean could be announced at
google I\O with nexus tablet because u know jelly bean will get chrome os to dualboot and why Asus would say so from the begining that (still) might mean that asus will make the hardware for the (cheap) nexus tablet but still with jelly bean
(remember that quad-core tablet asus introduced with price tag 250$) and they may announce their very first own (top-notch) tablet with jelly bean

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:44 9

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


hey, they deserve it alright.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:59 6

4. Stuntman (Posts: 784; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I felt the Transformer was the best Android tablet that was released last year. I think Google noticed as well. Asus was also quick to get updates out to their tablets.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:09 4

7. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 207; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


When i saw the title of the article, i knew Michael Heller was behind it. I'm kind of a fan boy of all of his articles and this one was no exception. If Asus is the developer of the Nexus tablet, i will be more than happy.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:52 1

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I was betting on the Kindle Nexus

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 17:00 1

10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Something would have to give for that to happen, and we both know it wouldn't be Google, and I doubt Amazon would do it.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:59

9. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Something would have to give for that to happen, and we both know it wouldn't be Google, and I doubt Amazon would do it.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 17:23 1

12. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Gah, why can't I edit/delete my post! What I meant to say was, Asus is definitely the best Android maker atm and totally deserve to make this tablet. If only it came out sooner, because I'm planning on getting another Asus transformer in the mean time! Oh the irony!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 17:11

11. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Thats pretty good, Asus has good hardware

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 17:25 2

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ok Nexus Prime could happen... Transformer nexus Prime

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 20:58 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 14149; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Hasbro would have a kinniption if they named it that. They already tried to sue over the transformer name.. lol.

They really need to go into some sort of cross liscencing deal. I think the Transformer prime needs some Deceptacon logo'ing :)

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 18:16 3

14. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Neat! Nexus PadFone would be cooler though, just saying...

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 19:42 1

15. Captain_Doug (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Man, that'd be so ideal. I think the padfone concept is amazing but not as well executed as i would've hoped. The phone is the weak-link here. But this really does seem like where the future is headed. I'm hoping Asus redoes the padfone but does something a little more refined.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 23:15 1

18. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


A combination of a Nexus tablet and a Nexus smartphone with a keyboard dock would be the greatest thing for Android.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 00:03 2

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's what i thought they were going to do with the Galaxy Nexus. o:

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 23:30

19. Gangzz (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


ASUS is the only android OEM that deserves it

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