Samsung reportedly selected to make the next Nexus phone...again
Although the HTC One series of phones shows that the Taiwan handset maker can still produce innovative handsets with striking design flair, it’s hard to argue with the fact that Samsung has been at the cutting edge of Android device innovation for the last year. Also cited as a major contributing factor is Samsung’s ability to control its own component supply lines, which serves to hold costs down, as well as providing a steady supply of bleeding-edge technology to incorporate into Google’s signature device for the year.
If these reports hold true it demonstrates that we were correct when we said that Google would not immediately throw the Nexus contest to Motorola (which would be a foolish way to upset competing OEMs). It does suggest that Samsung will continue to hold an edge when it comes to implementing the next version of Android, a fact that companies like Sony and LG may not be thrilled about. As we reported earlier today, HTC already appears to be reacting like a jilted lover, running into the waiting arms of Facebook to produce a forked version of Android for the social network later this year.
Two things to note: First, the image above is in no way supposed to be the new Nexus - it's simply an early fan render of the Galaxy S3 with last year's Galaxy Nexus home screen Photoshopped onto it. Second, Digitimes has a mixed track record on...everything. It could well be that Samsung is "in the driver's seat" but won't ultimately prevail, although the decision would have to be made one way or another very soon (if it hasn't been made already). Time will tell. Who do you guys think should make the next Nexus phone?
1. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
It's because Samsung is obviously the best and everything else just doesn't compare.
16. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 328; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
I really hope other OEMs can produce some bleeding-edge technology. IMHO, Samsung is definitely leading the way.. LG follows? Sony needs to stop using last year's technology in their current new phones (its sufficient, but Nexus is a flagship...). HTC got software and design, but lacked of hardwares. Motorola... same as HTC
20. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Couldn't agree more. HTC hardware lacks. Same with Moto. LG will never produce a good smartphone at this rate, they aren't even a factor. Sony.... well, they're about as far behind as Windows Phone is. Samsung seems to be the only ones that get it for some reason. Blackberry didn't, they're dead now. The future of Android could very well be Samsung and Motorola ONLY.
21. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
And all of you with the thumbs downs are clearly not Samsung owners and/or iPhone users. Everyone thinks their phone is the s**t until they pick up a Galaxy S2 or a Nexus.
26. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 328; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Lol don't hate on the iPhone. iPhone has its good on their own system.
39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i've picked up both and still like my Razr a good deal more. :P i like Samsung but there's other reasons for you to get thumbed down for your comment. for example saying "everything else just doesn't compare." is just complete exaggeration and that you're condoning Samsung for doing the Nexus a third year in a row while that was what got everyone so scared about Motorola making a Nexus.
47. clevername (Posts: 1378; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
The razr is a damn good phone. After.playing with a friends razr maxx I loved it. And I may be blasphemous for this but whatever blur its using is way better than the touchwiz on my galaxy s2. However I love the form on my s2 better. In contrast, I don't think the galaxy nexus can be beaten yet. Love the design and love stock android.
55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
ICS on the Droid Razr is a dream and is leagues ahead of Gingerbread, even in this Beta Leak Build which is as buggy as you're gonna get, it's also nearly completely stock. ;)
96. ph00ny (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I really honestly didn't think that nexus was great. ICS definitely shined but nexus was mediocre
30. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It is leading the way (Samsung), I do wish their radios were better though, they're weaker than HTC's and of course Motorola, the king of cellular radios
37. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Certainly agreed there, Samsung needs better radios/modems for sure. GPS has picked up finally.
51. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
Samsung will need to give the next Nexus at least an eight MP camera, micro SD, and maybe a removable battery. Until then, I don't think it's fair to criticize HTC, LG, or moto for lacking hardware.
56. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think we're heading into times of 10-16MP Cameras so you might want to hold your breath on that 8MP wish.
82. Gcombs (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)
Front facing cameras also need to be bumped up to at least 5MP also.
86. Commentator (Posts: 1866; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'd like to see ASUS produce a Nexus PadFone type thing, That way we'd have a developer phone and developer tablet rolled into one. I'd prefer HTC or Motorola external design cues, though.
88. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Now... that's something I would like to see, a Nexus by ASUS. Altho I'm not completely crazy about the PadFone... Let's just see what the Nexus tablet will be offering from ASUS firsit, then we'll go from there.
89. Commentator (Posts: 1866; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'd be more crazy for it if it had a 720p phone display, 1080p tablet display, 4.5" screen, quad-core Qualcomm S4 with Adreno 320 (for lack of an Exynos 5xxx, which Samsung will probably keep to itself) and slimmer overall profile.
I don't understand the rumors about the Nexus tablet only being 7" at $250. They go for the best-of-the-best with their Nexus phones, why not with their tablets as well?
60. jove39 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I wish Motorola got a chance to make the device and build a nexus based on RAZR MAXX HD with OMAP5x processor...that'll be cool :)
68. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that would be the one phone i'd be in a line for. o:
102. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Since Google now owns Motorola and Google is the company that always handles the software, there's nothing preventing a collaboration between Samsung and Google/Motorola for both the software and physical aspects of the next Nexus. Well, there's that "firewall" Google built around themselves and Motorola.
69. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I also want Motorola to create the next Nexus, but the reactions from other OEMs and the media of Google favoring Motorola would be a problem.
78. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
THE REACTIONS TO SAMSUNG MAKING IT A THIRD YEAR IN A ROW SHOULD BE A PROBLEM! xP
108. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5166; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Chorons I would also love to see a SONY NEXUS phone.
74. Lboogey6 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Motorolas track record is way too sketchy heavy hitting phone got pushed aside too easily and forgotten m
79. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Nexus is never easily forgotten. :P
2. bloodline (Posts: 675; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
personally I think it will be made by google this time.
48. clevername (Posts: 1378; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
If it was Made by Google, the parts would be manufactured by who? Samsung amoled displays? Samsung exynos chips? Or Samsung chips of another flavor? It Could have components made by other companies but its most likely going to have some major Samsung component. IF Google were to make it that is.
*BTW, Thx nanko!
3. hunted (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
that is really, i really like the galaxy nexus made my samsung last year
4. bucky (Posts: 1089; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I would like to see Motorola make a crack at it this year. They have great hardware and googles software would make a nice combo.
13. Veigald (Posts: 222; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
Agree, Motorola has a bit better grip on design than the plastic fantastic that's Samsung, imo.
97. ph00ny (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 May 2011)
aren't pretty much all of moto's phones use plastic shells?
5. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
The Galaxy Nexus S with JellyBean v5.0, while everyone else is stuck on Gingerbread.
12. Veigald (Posts: 222; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
Nah, not quite, probably even close to 3% of android phones with ICS at that time :P
22. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Yes, up from 2.3%. At that going rate Android 6.0 will be out, while 97% of other android users still on Ginderbread.
52. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
please, the only troll here is you and you aren't worth any more of my time
62. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
You again! U prison..... hahaha how funny. eaxvac
83. Commentator (Posts: 1866; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
While it cannot be conclusively proven one way or the other (much in the same way that it can't be proven that the world will even exist at the time in question), I think it's safe to say that a lower percentage of Android handsets will be running Gingerbread, based on the amount of high-profile devices being released this year that run ICS, not the least of which include the HTC One series, the LG Optimus Series, and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
6. android1234 (Posts: 105; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
I actually would like to see Motorola get the seat. Not because Google owns them now but just as another competitor. I would love to see a new fresh Nexus design incorporating Motorola's RAZR maxx 3300mAh battery in a slim package. The Google Nexus RAZR.
9. Synack (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
The RAZR has a terrible design, it's too damn flat and pancakey.
109. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5166; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
and the iPhone made of glass and breaks easily.
7. ericsorensen (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I'm hoping for Motorola. As long as they put a decent screen in there.
72. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Decent is not good enough; it has to be the best AMOLED screen Samsung has produced.
10. santy (Posts: 29; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
I thought Google would give it Moto too . Google should not become competitor to other android manufacturer. They should just release one flagship phone with new OS every year.
11. VJo003 (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
Well I have hoping for a new manufacturer this year.
Though none of the previous nexus phones have slaughtered competition, but what it has done is placed its manufacturer as a top dog.
Be it HTC or Samsung.
With this is mind, I would really like to see a Sony or LG get the honour this year.
One reason for me staying away from a LG or Samsung for instance is the custom UI on android.
IMO it a mouthwatering prospect to visualise a Sleek Sony Nexus with a sturdy & premium metallic casing, an HD Bravia display running Jelly bean as Vanilla as it comes.
15. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I can see Sony as a potential candidate for up,upcoming Nexus device. As for LG, not so much considers how easily they're prone to bugs
66. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
If Sony made the next Nexus, we probably won't be alive to use it.
Look at how long they took to bring out Xperia S.
29. N.Reynolds (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
I agree, I really liked the Nexus One and with the new One line from HTC I think they could make a frickin sweet new Nexus.
76. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
As much as I love HTC... I really can't see Nexus being made by HTC anytime soon.