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Rumor: Google Has Already Chosen Samsung to Create Next Nexus

According to DigiTimes (yeah, stop and laugh for a second), it is essentially “given” that Google and Samsung will work together on the next Nexus device. As many of you know, Google goes through a bidding or presentation process of sorts when choosing a phone and chipset manufacturer to produce the next version of their Nexus line. If Google has already tagged Samsung, then one would assume that they were impressed with the Galaxy SIII and will likely base their next device somewhat off of it. This is usually about the time that we start hearing rumors of who the OEM may be, but most (if not all) of it is just that, rumor.

What are your thoughts on Samsung potentially knocking out a third Nexus in a row? While I like the products that Sammie has produced over the last couple of years, I have to admit that even I’m ready for someone new to step up to the plate. Motorola seemed like they wouldn’t get the nod for at least a year or two after Google announced that they were acquiring them. It would just look like they were favoring their new toy. But what about HTC again? They created the Nexus One and are now producing one of the more amazing Android devices ever made in the One X, so why not give them another shot? LG, maybe? OK, let’s not get too crazy. HTC should have been it. And who knows, maybe they still will be knowing the track record of the source that started this rumor.

On a related note, DigiTimes also mentioned that HTC and Facebook are teaming up to finally create the Facebook phone. Snooze.

Let us know what you think.

Via:  DigiTimes | Android and Me

  • Taglogical

    Yea… pass! 😀

  • Tyler Chappell

    I think HTC should get it.  I have never had any bad experiences with their radios despite how much everyone seems to love Motorola’s radios.  LG is very mediocre and would never be able to handle an update schedule to handle a Nexus device.  Motorola’s designs are relatively awful in terms of sleekness (dont confuse sleekness with thinness).  I have the Thunderbolt, rooted with an excellent Thunderstick Full Blown Sense 3.0 ROM with the 2750mAh battery and love it, but I hated my Thunderbolt in the beginning with the constant reboots (that would sometimes drain as much as 12% of my extended battery on just one reboot!).  My brother has the Bionic, also with the extended battery and he seems mostly happy with it and gets good signal, but his is also not rooted and sometimes I notice a little bit of lag but the screen looks no better when side-by-side to my Thunderbolt.

    My dad however has the GNex, unrooted, still on stock 4.0.2, has TWO 2100mAh extended batteries, and a Qcell 3850mAh battery from Amazon (I didnt feel like dropping $60 on the Seidio), and I have never seen a phone that gets such horrible battery life, such quiet speakers, and sometimes no signal where we live when my Thunderbolt and my brother’s Bionic get 3G just fine (we are about 20min from a good LTE area in Indiana).  Combine that with the fact the GNex still hasnt gotten an official update aside from the lucky few that got the OTA leak back in february, I can’t imagine Samsung getting a Nexus device for the third time in a row. My dad has the knowledge and to ability to root it himself, but since its his business phone he doesnt quite want to take any chances yet and has just been suffering through the horrible battery life.  He didn’t get a Nexus device for the sake of rooting it, he got it, as per my recommendation, that it would get very timely OS updates, making it one of the most reliable phones, sadly that hasnt been the case for the CDMA GNex.I havent gotten to play with my mom’s LG Lucid yet and I would probably never recommend an LG phone to anyone, but for her first smartphone it was the best fit and apparently has a super bright screen and gets great signal.  Then consider the fact that tomorrow, my mom’s A100 and my brother’s A500 should officially get their ICS updates while my dad’s Gnex and GalaxyTab 10.1 are far behind, and it makes Samsung look pretty terrible.

  • jdrch

    I’m OK with that. I just hope the next Nexus ships with Gorilla glass. I’ve scratched my Nexus twice via keys in my pocket already

    • Tyler Chappell

      That’s what Zagg or Skinomi covers are for! My dad carries his GNex in his pocket all the time and his Zagg cover has very noticeable dents and scratches, but the screen underneath is still mint. Worth the investment.


    I think it is funny how the Sammy hate is rampant…in a few months when the G S III comes out people I’ll swoon.

    I’m happy with my nexus and will be for a long while. Hope you all enjoy waiting for the “NEXT BIG THING”.

    • Diablo81588

      It’s only rampant cause they made it so. Their current lineup speaks for itself.

      • MicroNix

        How the heck do you figure?  They make the most popular Android phones out there right now.  And not by a hair, by a mile and then some.  Marketshare doesn’t lie.

  • NorCalGuy

    I don’t care if they play favorite or build the thing themselves just make the best damn phone and get it out in a reasonable time and sell it on the Google play store unlocked and people will buy it just like I would have bought the nexus at full price if they had it online that way vz can kick rocks with their $30 upgrade fee and all the other BS they tie you into.

  • Christopher Riner

    agreed, kellex.  As far as my opinion goes, htc is just above lg (when comparing to the top dawgs), but man they really made a statement with the One x.  What a beautiful phone, I’ve yet to see one in person, but if it had come out around the same time as the nexus I might’ve actually had to put some thought into my purchase.

    I hope that samsung really brings a beast of a phone to the next nexus series; I know they had to throw the omap 4460 in there for verizon’s lte network, and maybe the timing was juuuuust a little bit before quad cores hit, but honestly I think they could’ve put a little more under the hood for the galaxy nexus, especially in the gpu department.  

    I hope the new nexus isn’t plagued with the radio issues that the galaxy nexus suffered, which, imo, was the only real flaw that you couldn’t hack your way out of. 

    It would be really interesting to see what kind of concepts others offered up, after each nexus is released. Even if its just on paper with a detailed sketch, I would like to know which other designs were passed on.

  • Can someone convince me why a Motorola Nexus would be better than a Samsung one?
    I have the DX now and I’m starting to like what Samsung has been doing with their phones.The screens, the design ( excluding the material used – – – can be fixed with a cover).The DX has the brick-like design which is okay I guess, but I mean it doesn’t really stand a chance against the Gnex’s design. I have used the RAZR Max and the Bionic, I still seem to like the Gnex’s design more :/.My friend got his Sprint Galaxy Nexus yesterday and he came over to my house for about 4-6 hours.There was not anything wrong with his radios. His connection was lightning fast and we were in the basement. I don’t know, it could be the fact that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus comes shipped with 4.0.4 which maybe is a huge bug fixer?

    • Diablo81588

      Sprint and lightning fast should NEVER be in the same sentence. Most of the time Verizon’s 1x is faster than their 3g. What good is unlimited data if it’s dial up speed?

  • I hope this isn’t true.  While Samsung makes great phones, the design and build quality leave a lot to be desired.  Why not go back to HTC and get the best of both worlds?  HTC makes the highest quality phones on the market, it would make sense to want a manufacturer like that to represent your brand.

    • Diablo81588

      That’s debatable. The only high quality phone from HTC so far is the One X.

      • Tyler Chappell

        I disagree, my Thunderbolt despite its 1+ year age still has excellent build quality and is in great phyiscal shape after a couple of drops on concrete and a hard floor.  I hated my Thunderbolt in the beginning because of the horrible battery life and constant reboots, but it has never given me any significant signal issues after updates to new radios prior to me using GB radios and installing GB ROMS about 2 months before the officially released GB for the Thunderbolt.  HTC does seem to know how to make a solid phone, if they work on battery life then all would be grand.

  • cowdog

    Whoever makes the next Nexus:

    Smaller size (4-4.25 in screen) and great battery life please.  I have no interest in larger phones.  YMMV.

  • Hey Google/Samsung, why don’t you concentrate on updating my Galaxy Nexus before you make another one eh.

  • r0lct

    I think the biggest news if this is true is that maybe we’ll see another Nexus be end of summer or early fall.

  • Levi

    Yawn. I won’t be buying the next nexus then.

  • As long as Samsung makes Nexus phones, I will not purchase a Nexus phone. Might as well just make the names “Galaxy” and “Nexus” completely synonymous.

  • majormudafuckinhun

    No thank you!

  • Jslafarr

    HAHA!! LG will never have a top tier phone let alone the next nexus.Samsung got it right with the on screen soft keys.

    And how is the nexus horrible when its the best phone verizon offers.

    And a moto nexus…Lol – never.

    • Tyler Chappell

      I really dont see why everyone likes the onscreen keys so much, they really seem like a horrible design decision and waste of space when you can just have capacitive buttons that stay in ONE place.  The One series proves this how unnecessary it is to have on-screen buttons.

  • sony!

  • Wizwoz

    Who cares. With google telling everybody with an LTE to go F themselves and not supporting it properly, Verizon will do well in telling google thanks, but no thanks. NEVER going to buy another nexus phone, google screwed it up.

  • really they are giving them a third change to make a horrible phone? I would prefer anyone to samsung at this point. But im really waiting for a Moto Nexus

  • qmartman711

    What about Asus…I mean the Garmin Asus phone wasn’t a complete failure…it was only on T-Mobile. Everyone deserves a shot….except maybe LG.

  • Anthony Semosky

    I was really rooting for HTC, too. It’s only a rumor, though. We’ll see…

  • Jack

    I love the idea if it will be as awesome as the Galaxy Nexus,by far the best device I’ve owned so far & I’ve owned a lot

  • Prime7

    Good. Motorola and HTC are garbage. LG would be nice, though.

  • Owewil3225

    I think HTC is going to be the one (pun intended). They design sexy phones

  • ddevito

    Until Motorola has a bigger presence outside the US I don’t think we’ll see a Moto Nexus.

    Sammy is killing it globally which is probably the reason they get the nod.

  • I feel like the Nexus is not as big of a deal anymore. Most OEMs flagship lines completely eclipse the Nexus line. 

  • Damn. As a Gnex owner, I can say Samsung hardware is my 3rd favorite behind HTC and Motorola having owned a few from each. Samsung phones always feel plasticky and toy-like. HTC too but to a lesser degree. Motorolas feel substantial and durable but w/o looking like military equipment. I was really hoping Google would do something with talented hw designers and engineers they go in the Motorola purchase. 🙁

  • I’d love moto. Motorola build quality with the latest and greatest software direct from Google? There is literally not a single person who can deny that would be phenominal.

  • Azndan4

    Motorola must die. Let the market run it’s course.

  • I like my Galaxy Nexus.  If samsung goes for a unibody design id be a happy camper..

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    GNex user on D-L: Google Nexus is the greatest phone on earth!!!

    Same GNex user on nexus forum: When they gonna fix this crap!!! Where is my 4.0.4!! 

  • Bionic

    Well I can officially say I wont be buying the next nexus, was really hoping for a motorola

  • Joe Buck

    One would think that you want a company that would build a nexus device of the highest quality, this is not samsung does, this nexus was thrown together, sub par on everthing but the screen

  • David

    If only google could make the three work together. To produce a “true” nexus’. A device that is the culmination of the best tech offered by each company. *shrugs* It’ll never happen though.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I’d kinda like them to give HTC another crack at it.  Get rid of sense and I think they’d make a nice device.  Let’s not forget that the best Nexus (Nexus One) was made by HTC.

    An HTC One X running vanilla Jellybean?  Yes, please!

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Apparently Google doesn’t give a rats ass whether or not the Nexus can make a damn phone call. 

  • God, I hope that isn’t true. They already had 2 in a row. Let someone else have a try.

    Samsung makes terrible mobile products. I was really hoping for Motorola. I WANT Google to play favorites. {{-_-}}

  • MrEnglish

    Still like my Gnex more than my Motocrapolas(all of them) or the TundaBow. Sticking with Sammie for now, until I see….SEE…something better.

  • Cam

    Worst possible idea. Samsung makes great screens, but that’s about it. Also, how long before they start alienating the rest of the OEMs?

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      I disagree.  The Galaxy Nexus is a great looking device.  The only sexier device on the market right now is the HTC One X.

      Samsung does need to step their camera game up though.

      • Cam

        It looks decent, but the build quality is terrible. Crap camera(s). Crap radios. Crap speaker. Cheap feeling plastic case. Sub-par battery (that almost everyone has changed out to the extended battery). They chumped out on the accessories.

        Not saying I want a Razr device, at least looks wise, but the build quality on the Razr is fantastic. And, you know Moto always releases their accessories quickly and the build quality on those is great as well.

        If anything, I would want an HTC One X style  device with Moto internals (preferably T4 procc) running vanilla Android.

  • chris125

    I wish they would use samsung’s exynos,and screen, moto radios+huge battery+ relatively thin. 

  • ZackPudney

    sounds good to me

  • ozo012

    Ah alright makes sense then, I’ve seen similar results with the extended battery.

  • ozo012

    Me too, there is a long “awake” time during the middle of it as indicated by the blue line but I’m curious as to if the screen was on.

  • I am kind of fed up with HTC. After playing with my mom’s IC2, I really don’t like HTC Sense. Now I know that Sense may not be on the next Nexus, but Sense turned me away from HTC so HTC and Nexus might turn me away from the next Nexus. Only time will tell. 

    • Because you dont like sense. It means that the entire phone is bad…

      • Andromedo


  • jonny6pak

    I wonder if Google just has an easier relationship with Samsung.  We’re only considering the devices themselves, but maybe Samsung has an easier manufacturing relationship that doesn’t require too much excess work from Google.  That’s pure assumption, but I’m sure process management of the development and manufacturing of a Google-branded phone pretty important too.  Or I could be completely wrong.

  • Therobotcow

    Please not Htc, I hate their phones. I’d be fine with either samsung or motorola but I prefer motorola’s hardware. As long as it comes to verizon I’m fine

  • DanWazz

    As I have been a fan of Samsung’s Nexus devices, I think it;s time to give someone else a crack at it. after the One series, I think HTC would be the best candidate. Their good built quality and hardware with vanilla Android would be nice. A Nexus One X or something along that naming scheme could be interesting.

    Motorola would be good too, since they’ve never really had one, but I wouldn’t want their current design team around it. I can’t stand the stylistic approach they’ve taken lately.

  • Dear Google,

    I have pine and I have waited,
    I have wished and with breath abaited,
    OG Droid was almost perfection,
    the original android purification.

    I even bouth the droid RAZR,
    because moto has the best radios.
    Now I lust after nexus,
    from moto it would be a lexus.

    Alas samsung gets the cake again,
    and we have yet more plastic for the win.
    Shi*ty radios, and a childs gps,
    Oh how I hate cheap the pos!

    Motorola you leave wanting,
    always wishing, always dreaming,
    of the perfect moto NEXUS,
    but now I just want to hit you guys in the solar plexus.

    Damn you samsung,
    your phones are releiable as shang tsung,
    and your market dominance smells like dead skunk.

    Your phones suck,
    your reception blows,
    the quality is about as good as a pantech pro.

    I will keep waiting for my moto nexus,
    i will keep wanting to hit you guys in the solar plexus…


    A poem by bananabait.

  • Joe Buck

    if this is true , than its also true the google can be bought because this nexus is truly a joke

  • Does making the Nexus phone give the OEM an early look at the code for the next Android version?