Google reportedly expanding Nexus releases this fall

Google reportedly expanding Nexus releases this fall
We've gotten used to the idea that every fall we'll be getting a new Nexus device from Google, which will show off the newest version of the Android OS. According to a new report, Google is looking to greatly expand the number of Nexus devices available this fall. We've already seen that Google will be selling Nexus devices through the Google Play Store, and there may be a pretty nice selection. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google may be partnering with as many as five different hardware partners for releases this fall. This would mean that each hardware partner would get early access to the next iteration of Android, expected to be Jelly Bean. And, the program would be expanded further to not just include phones, but tablets as well. 

WSJ speculates that Google's aim is both to lessen fears about Google's purchase of Motorola, but also to try to pull control away from carriers, since Google is expected to be selling the devices directly to customers through the Play Store. Both seem like perfectly reasonable plans, and we'd love to see the carriers get pushed aside a bit, because it would not only lead to faster updates (Verizon Galaxy Nexus users still haven't seen an update), but it would remove restrictions on apps (like Google Wallet). 

Last time Google tried to circumvent carriers, it didn't work so well, but at the time Google didn't have an established store yet. We'd expect to still see carrier deals for device releases, but we definitely like the possibilities. This also means we can have all of the options we dreamt about a while back for the Nexus devices. We can have an Asus Nexus tablet as well as a Samsung Nexus tab. And, we could have Nexus phones from Samsung, Sony, and/or Huawei as well. 

Google I/O isn't too far away, and we'd expect to get more info on the plans then. 

source: WSJ

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38 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is still stuck on 4.0.2 and they are talking about Jellybean. Oh well that is the process it seems. Forget about the past devices and just release new ones.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is still stuck on 4.0.2 and they are talking about Jellybean." But they also say: "...and we'd love to see the carriers get pushed aside a bit, because it would not only lead to faster updates (Verizon Galaxy Nexus users still haven't seen an update)..." Anyway, for me it sound good. :)

9. jesusLTEchrist

Posts: 11; Member since: May 21, 2010

only 5% of android devices have ICS. Also this article is mentioning fall releases. Also they have agreed to update OSs up to 18 months after they are released.

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Keyword: Verizon

37. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Exactly! The keyword is absolutley VERIZON. I couldnt have said it better.

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Moto Nexus coming I hope

6. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Razr Nexus I'd bet

34. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Razr MAXX Nexus, I hope...

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

great idea.. I hope its true. once I'm out of the biz unlocked phones and super contract free plans are my future.

4. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Good news.

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Great...now Manufacturers will compete to build best Nexus device :) I hope Motorola makes something like razr maxx with beefed up specs.

8. guyver192

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I can say there are somethings that carriers do the are cool but I do miss it with my Nexus on T-mobile. Its wonderful really nice thing. Hope google comes out with more device's with out carrier lock down.

10. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It doesn't make sense to make a Motorola Nexus device, as more than likely the bootloader will still be locked. The Nexus phones are supposed to be developer friendly, and Motorola has proven to be just the opposite.

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Motorola was loosening its stance on locked bootloaders even before the Google purchase. Now that Google is in control, there is no reason to worry about this, especially in regards to a potential Nexus device.

33. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I think Google might release three phones as low, mid and high end Hm...haven't order the S3 yet and this! damn

15. ckingt4

Posts: 26; Member since: May 15, 2012

You would think this practice will change since Google should be Motorolas official parent company by that time

11. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Could see the big 4 cashing in. HTC,LG,Samsung,Moto. A One Nexus, Optimus Nexus, Raze Nexus, etc. Huawei might join

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Waiting patiently on a Motorola Nexus...

16. Maxaravind

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I need xperia nexus!!

38. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Maybe that's the Mint I?

18. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This will be AWESOME. Multiple Nexuses sounds sweet! I hope they go through with it! HTC Nexus!

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is great news!...for taco :-)

20. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The best OEMs competing for the best Nexus device? That is going to be one outstanding competition.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i like the idea. now maybe a Motorola Nexus will become a reality. c:

23. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It would be nice to see this because of antenna and gps are both strong with Moto devices.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah therefore no one matches them in call quality either.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Basically.. Nexus is really not special anymore

26. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

On the contrary the demand by OEMs to get the honour is outweighing the 1 manufacturer a year policy so much so that Google is coming up with this model. Every world cup more teams want to be in the mix... Does that mean the football world cup is not special anymore?

24. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

the big four should make a phone by helping each other (samsung, lg, motorala, htc) this phone should have 1. super amoled + hd (full rgb when its ready and the blue pixels dont hurt the display) 2. 2gb ram 3. 3300mah battery 4. design from all of the companies above 5. mali-t604 gpu 6. dont know which processor they will use??? 7. and ANDROID 5.0 JELLYBEAN

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