Samsung reportedly selected to make the next Nexus phone...again

Samsung reportedly selected to make the next Nexus phone...again
Mobile tech rumor-monger Digitimes is reporting that Samsung is in the driver’s seat once again in the competition for this year’s Nexus phone. While there has been some grass-roots desire expressed by Android consumers to see another manufacturer win the honor of producing the annual “Google phone”, Digitimes reports that Samsung has several systemic advantages that is giving them a leg up on the competition.

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?

source: Digitimes

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116 Comments

116. webicy

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I dunno why no one mentions Asus. We have seen what they are capable of doing already in the tablet market. They have gain the trust of Google to build their first ever tablet and i think they did well. That little thing is packed with hi-tech and yet very affordable . That's what consumer wants. No one want an expensive upgrade!!! I know Samsung has an advantage here but , i would like to see a Asus one there will be more originality. at least it will not be compared to a Samsung Galaxy s like the nexus s was, or a Galaxy S2 like the Galaxy Nexus . I just don't want people to call it a new galaxy s3. Google should stand out and with Asus, it think they can do it well

115. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Com'on? Samsung again? Give other manufacturers a chance..

107. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Com on Samsung give someone else a chance to make it. I'd rather see a SONY NEXUS. they make sexier designs out of their phones. I'll pass on HTC.

105. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

I wish Motorola would get the next Google phone. Motorola phones have generally excellent physical characteristics (material, feel, durability) and reception. While the Razr is an awesome phone, nearly perfect IMO, I had to pick the Nexus over the Razr for the simple reason of locked bootloader. I would hope that if they worked with Google, it would be an unlocked phone and would be subject to endless modding and custom ROMs. Though the Maxx wins in sheer battery capacity and I could live with a non-removable battery, with certain tweaks, ROMs, and kernels, I can get much better efficiency with my Nexus. The screen is slightly worse than the Nexus and the Maxx's camera module is simply garbage. Megapixels mean crap, all it needs is 5MP. Just give me something from Nokia (though I value size over their latest 21MP monstrosity) and it will trump 99% of phones out there.

99. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I think samsung is great. But i think google should give Huaweii a chance. They create some of thevbest hardware, and im pretty sure they make it all themselves.

87. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I just want whoever has the best tech showcase to win. Until others start actually making their own tech or step it up a notch, we are probably going to see samsung continue to make them for a while. HTC has design, but like apple, doesnt actually make anything themselves and thus dont have access to all the top parts. Apple has the money to buy big $$ contracts for those parts, HTC doesnt. sony is just like HTC LG makes great screens so thats a possibility.. but they need help in the design and reliability department. Moto is again like HTC but they have the added weight of being Google's pet now, so any move they make is going to be over judged. Samsung not only makes the best stuff right now, they have their own supply chain and good enough designs that people dont complain. In this department, they have quite a few legs up on everyone else

93. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the only things that was really "Samsung" about the Galaxy Nexus was the display and the plastic build quality. with the display on lend from Samsung Motorola would've made a WAYYY better 2011 Nexus.

98. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

true. And thats why i didnt pick it up. As much as id love a nexus, it was samsung on the outside, not on the inside.. and thats the part i want to be samsung :) howabout a collaboration. Samsung provides the parts, HTC designs it, LG throws its best screens in the mix, and Moto makes it bullet proof. :)

100. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The collaboration would be the best way to go for an ultimate Nexus device...

101. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

now we really don't need to delude our Samsung/Motorola Love Child with HTC & LG Genes... :P

113. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Dilute*

114. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

,,,i'mma come over there. is that what you want!? :P

104. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

finally I agree with you remix on that one..

106. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I agree with most of your post, remix, but you're wrong about HTC in one respect: they do assemble their own phones, as opposed to companies who contract the assembly to Foxconn, etc. HTC was originally the original design manufacturer (ODM) for companies such as Palm and Sony-Ericsson before producing phones in their own name. I think this is part of the reason why HTC phones tend to have higher build-quality than other companies. Also, I think Sony at least produces their own screens, if nothing else.

75. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Samsung + HTC = Galaxy One Nexus/Galaxy Nexus One I wouldn't mind a combined effort.

70. alekso9

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

I would honestly like to see HTC pulled it off again.

65. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I'd definitely prefer HTC. Just because I honestly think their phones look the best. and the Nexus One was a really good phone. Samsung will probably get it though, since they do make really good devices with good internals. They just look so... idk. If HTC can pull off getting top-notch hardware, then that would be awesome.

63. MiQr89

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

if Jelly Bean is made for tablets only, new Nexus will bring what? Android 6.0?

90. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I thought ICS brought the whole Android OS together on phones and tablets. It'd be pretty weird to go backwards with Jelly Bean...

92. MiQr89

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Well they already said that Android 5.0 will be tablet only. That's why im curious what Nexus 2012 will bring... Or maybe they are going to relase new nexus each 0.1 version of os...

95. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Wow, if that's the case, why would Google start defragmentation in the first place just to create more fragmentation in the future. The developers are not going to be happy with this for sure...

49. Aaron_R96 unregistered

I was personally looking forward to an Xperia Nexus to add to Sony's solo 2012 portfolio, yes, the Xperia S has some of last years hardware, but this is probably due to the fact it was designed last year with last year's hardware and software in mind, an Xperia Nexus would've been a huge leap forward for a market-leading company in my opinion, Samsung are too much like Apple in the way of design, and as for 'Touchwiz' that, i'm afraid, is the definition of plain & awful. #hadtobesaid.

67. SleepingOz unregistered

Are you aware that the Nexus phones come with stock Android?

84. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Yes, obviously I know that, I'm just stating that Samsung's Touchwiz UI is nothing spectacular, and I think other manufacturers who don't use such strong skins should get their chance too :)

112. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

With Samsung acquiring awesome ROM programmers such as CM, I would think their next iteration of Touchwiz should be substantially better.

77. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Is this is it i guess so no could be its u cmpunk that hash gives it away#

85. Aaron_R96 unregistered

no, the hash was just a simple statement, I'm not him, whoever he is haha, wont be hashtagging again then!

46. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I like it Samsung Galaxy Nexus II

44. chrisbo5

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

They should give it to either moto or htc. htc nexus was the best phone for android until the evo. samsung has had it 2 years and im sorry to say but the galaxy nexus specs was not "cutting edge technology". i think a moto razr nexus sounds pretty cool and the fact that motoblur is the worst ui between the 3 .. a pure google os should be a breathe of fresh air

43. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

oh god, the samsuck that love copying from Apple.

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