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

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It's because Samsung is obviously the best and everything else just doesn't compare.

16. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Lol don't hate on the iPhone. iPhone has its good on their own system.

31. Dutch1

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

YOU SAID IT PERFECTLY!

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

I really honestly didn't think that nexus was great. ICS definitely shined but nexus was mediocre

30. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Certainly agreed there, Samsung needs better radios/modems for sure. GPS has picked up finally.

51. chadrick0814 unregistered

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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Front facing cameras also need to be bumped up to at least 5MP also.

86. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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: Mar 06, 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: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that would be the one phone i'd be in a line for. o:

102. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

THE REACTIONS TO SAMSUNG MAKING IT A THIRD YEAR IN A ROW SHOULD BE A PROBLEM! xP

108. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Chorons I would also love to see a SONY NEXUS phone.

74. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Motorolas track record is way too sketchy heavy hitting phone got pushed aside too easily and forgotten m

79. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Nexus is never easily forgotten. :P

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

personally I think it will be made by google this time.

48. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

that is really, i really like the galaxy nexus made my samsung last year

4. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

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