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Wednesday Poll: Which OEM Would You Want to Make the Next Nexus Smartphone?

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With the Nexus rumors for 2014 already warming up quite nicely, it’s time to see which OEM our readers would want to make the next Nexus smartphone from Google. We know plenty of folks would love for the new Motorola create a Nexus device, and if rumors are anything, that could very well happen. Unfortunately for Moto fans, the same “rumors” are now pointing to LG making the next Nexus phone.

Alas, that is the beauty of rumors, and nothing is ever confirmed until an official announcement is made. With the Nexus 5 being released back in October, we still have quite some time before we see what Google actually has in store for this year.

We have seen Google take quite a stance with the launch of Google Play Edition devices over the past year, with a total of five different devices becoming available, all from different OEMs. Is GPE the future of the Nexus program? Potentially, but that’s a story for another day.

Let us know below which OEM has your vote for the 2014 Nexus smartphone.

Which OEM do you want to make the next Nexus smartphone?

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  • Keg Man

    Phaxus Please. Phablet + Nexus

  • Justin Abe

    Sony Xperia Nexus…. Why 88% of the people don’t understand life is beyond me.

  • LLcdPH

    Doesn’t much matter… I’m stuck with Verizon 🙁

  • Mike Robertson

    And make it for Verizon!

  • poop

    HTC or Sony, but if I had to choose just one, HTC no doubt. I feel Moto has basically already delivered on a Nexus device — it’s just not explicitly labeled Nexus (and comes with a bit of magic from the great fingers of Moto).

  • jesse

    I want an asus, intel powered nexus

  • John Friend

    I thought it was already established that there would only be Google play edition devices and no more nexus devices.

    Either way, I think we need a motorola nexus.

  • marclee

    z2 is actually a better device than s5

  • Give us one last great Moto phone before it goes off to China. {{-_-}}

  • Sagar

    Would love to see Nokia do that.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Motorola 🙂

  • ki11ak3nn

    I picked Moto only because I love my wife’s Moto X. But I would love to see a Sony Nexus. Their build quality is amazing.

  • tech247

    Absolutely nothing beats the reception of a Motorola radio…..

  • Trevor

    Voted for Motorola. I love what they did with the X. I think their version of a Nexus would be super sweet.

  • RockMarz

    I wish it were pantech.darn!!

  • Motorola has been the most requested company to make a Nexus for a while now. The X is rather close to a Nexus at this point.

  • Synacks

    I like where HTC’s head is at in terms of hardware and design. If Google pushed them to work a little more at design and implemented the stock always good Android, I think we’d have a powerful, reliable, damn good looking phone.

    • Intellectua1

      Not everybody is a fan of stock.. Stock Android is pretty boring. If all phones were stock Android what would be the point of choice in manufactures..

      • Synacks

        Well we’re talking about the Nexus 6 here, which Nexus devices will ALWAYS be stock Android. Sorry man.

        • Intellectua1

          Yea true lol.. Sorry about that, I forgot the topic was Nexus..

  • flosserelli

    I know it is unlikely to happen, but I would love to see HTC make another Nexus. Even today I think the Nexus One exudes style, and will always be a classic design. If HTC offered an updated version of the Nexus One with a modern SoC, LTE, 4.5-4.7″ IPS display, 32 GB RAM and SD card slot, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Steveo

    If Verizon isn’t getting it, could care less who makes it!

  • Kyle Cordiano

    I’d like an HTC metal phone with a 5.2 inch screen, with the Tegra 4 or K1.

  • Jeremy Gross


  • Erik Grudzien

    LG. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. LG has done a great job with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 5. Why change it? Samsung is long past it’s days of playing nice with AOSP, as seen from Galaxy S4. Even the Play Edition was riddled with Touchwiz and the binaries provided refuse to work with AOSP. They’ve deemed AOSP and Developers aren’t important to them, so why reward them with a contract to make a phone for the tech savy and the very people they isolated? Let alone they are embracing Tizen more and more every day, and replacing their Gear lineup’s Android with Tizen.

    I wouldn’t be mad if they tried Motorola, or Sony out. But please just not Samsung.

  • vital


  • ljbad4life

    I think two phones and Google should move onto a new manufactuerer. LG has made some solid phones. My n5 is literally one of the best phones I’ve ever owned. But give some other company a chance. How about Oppo? in fact if Google get can get project Ari off the ground I would be happy with that.

  • Rodeojones000

    Where’s the “anyone but Samsung” option?

  • Lumia Nexus

    Nexus is Dead

    Nokia should have been on the list tooo

  • paul_cus

    At least Sony got to 10% in this poll.

  • 7h3_4pp12en7ic3

    The only reason I hesitate to vote for Moto is due to the recent transaction to Lenovo. I want to make sure Lenovo stays relatively hands-off of Moto before I start asking for them to make a Nexus. As far as the other OEMs, HTC still seems to be circling the drain, IMO. Sammy is already too big for Google to give them the Nexus contract on top. Sony? Meh. So, LG. They did a great job on the N4 and N5, if you ask me, and I would be more than happy to see them do the N6.

  • ahmed ehab

    Well, I would prefer instead the Nexus to have Sony’s camera , Samsung’s screen and processor , HTC’s build quality, but anyway they will choose LG again probably.

  • Beefy

    how bout just work on verizon

  • Ryan5609

    If you ask me, LG has done a fine job with the Nexus 4 and 5. They could maybe up the design quality a bit to make it more interesting, but thats all in my opinion.

  • Arty McBert

    I’ll be the first to say that I don’t want Motorola to make a Nexus phone. Why should they when their phones are running stock Android and update as fast as an older Nexus/GPE device? Besides, I wouldn’t want a high-end Motorola phone stripped of features found on the Moto X. With that said, HTC needs some sales, they should be the next OEM to make a Nexus.

  • DrewNusser

    I would want either Sony or ASUS, personally. To have a Nexus version of the PadFone with all the docks – that would be amazing.

  • staticx57

    Never motorola unless they somehow find a decent camera for once. Motorola was the only company that could make the galaxy nexus camera look decent. As of now, I vote sony, followed by HTC.

  • Abrahan Reyes

    I’ve been a Moto user for a long time and their HW quality is prime. I like HTC too my wife has been an user since the day of the Droid Eris and she loves HTC.
    I have to said that I’m very impressed with the LG phone, my Nexus 5 is the first LG phone and I love it.
    Any of those is fine for me.

  • BenG

    Motomaker Nexus? Sploosh

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    I would like to see Samsung take a stab at making a PROPER follow up to the Galaxy Nexus now that OMAP are out of the picture. I miss that natural curve-in-hand design.

  • moelsen8

    team moto

  • Corey Foltman

    is this even a question? Moto

  • Chris Bice

    Sony. Would have said moto , but in light of recent events ….

  • Intellectua1

    I’m not really a fan of the Nexus aka budget phone line.. Stock Android is way to bland for me. Also it always lacks up to date specs.

    • The Narrator

      SD800, 2gb Ram, 1080p isn’t really behind.

      Also, that’s why Icon packs, launchers, etc exist.

      • Intellectua1

        Camera, removable battery, sd slot, and a couple other things I can’t think of right now.. Plus it lacks a lot of good features that other OEM’s provide. The Nexus experience is a bit to boring for me that’s all.. Plus screen size it’s like a dwarf

  • h_f_m

    how is this poll closed already?

    1. Sony
    2. Nokia

    I would imagine it will be LG still, and I’ll buy that as well…

    EDIT: nevermind I refreshed the page and the poll worked..

    • AbbyZFresh

      I would never trust Nokia to make a Nexus phone.

  • James Briano

    Sony. Great hardware.

    I’m done with Samsung. They can get with Verizon and leap off a bridge for all I care.

  • gintoddic

    Does anyone remember the POS job HTC did with the nexus one? The touchscreen was practically unusable sometimes.

    • Chris

      it isn’t called the first generation for nothing

      • gintoddic

        sure but it was pretty sad they couldn’t implement that correctly considering smartphones were not “new” at that point in time.

        • Chris

          well look at the first generation android phones. It was early 2010. Many android phones, and even the iphone suffered from problems

    • flosserelli

      The Nexus One was released January 2010.
      Four years ago.
      Get over the Nexus One screen issues already.

  • Blockhead

    Phoneblocks should make the next Nexus phone!

    • AbbyZFresh

      Ara is going to be directly from Google and made in-house from the aquisition. Different scenario.

      Nexus is specifically for using partners to make the best hardware for Google to utilize.

      • Blockhead

        Way to kill all the fun in an attempt to make yourself seem smart Mr. Technical! I bet your the life of every party!

        “No. They will not make it because Nexus is only for blah, blah, blah…”

        Everyone here more than likely knows that Phoneblocks won’t be making a Nexus phone. It was just something to throw out there and play around with. Sheesh LOL

        • AbbyZFresh

          LOL. Way to take my comment so seriously. Calm down. man.

      • dsDoan

        Not entirely. Modules will be available from 3rd parties.

    • Transverse45h

      not this time but i think 2015 nexus can be ARA phone

  • henry_oo


  • AbbyZFresh

    I wished Motorola or Sony would make this. But Sony declined the offer from Google and Motorola is basically finished and out of the market.

    Looks like it’s LG once again. But all that matters is that it at least makes it to Verizon.

    • sagisarius

      And HTC is kind of on life support at the moment.

    • blix247

      All I found was that Sony declined building the Nexus One. Was there something more recent?

  • SplashMTN

    I love my G2 and I’m confident that if LG were to make the next nexus it would be a fantastic device, but I’d like to see what Sony could do. I don’t actually think they’ll make the next nexus, but it would be cool to see what Sony and Google could come up with.

    I’d like to say Motorola, but they have enough problems with their cameras – already a weak point in Nexus devices. An HTC nexus would be interesting too.

  • Drew

    It has to be Motorola. They make the best mid-spec phones and they are Chinese now, so even better like Apple being made in China. And Motorola is the best phone ever made so It’s only natural that Motorola should make a top tier device although none of their phones are top-tier.

    • Chris


  • jimt

    I would like to see Moto but, I am quite happy with N5 and think LG would be more than fine. Since I’m with T-mo I really don’t care if Verizon wants to elect not to have a G6. After being with Verizon for more than 15 years I can not think happy thoughts about Verizon any more.

  • Jonathan

    ASUS all the way!!!!!!!!!

  • Crom Tuise

    Google Ara

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit

    Has hardcore of a Motorola fan that I am, I have been using the Nexus 5 and everything about it is amazing. I’m pulling for LG.

  • czechm8

    I don’t care so much Who makes the Nexus, but unless it’s on Verizon, I’m done.

  • Alec

    Let’s be honest, did you expect the winner to be somebody other than Motorola? The others didn’t have a chance to begin with.

  • RoadsterHD1


    • AbbyZFresh

      Motorola is already out of the game. Lenovo has them now.

      • vzwuser76

        Wow, so you already know Lenovo & Motorola’s business plan? What other nuggets can you tell us? So far, Lenovo has said they plan to be hands off of Motorola as far as their direction is concerned. Time will tell if that holds true, but I don’t think you can simply write them off at this time. And considering that all the other OEMS are Asian manufacturers as well, that’s no reason to call them out of the game. If Lenovo leaves Moto alone and uses their tech to build up Lenovo’s current phones, what’s the problem?

  • jbdan

    Really enjoyed past 2 LG Nexus s. Pulling for moto to make one even with its recent acquisition. LG a close 2nd

  • jadeveon da destroyer


    • The Narrator

      Oppo maybe. They did team with CM

  • caleb williams

    After owning an LG G2 for a couple months now (coming from galaxy nexus), I wouldn’t mind if LG made one with similar hardware and structural feel, just love the feel of the LG G2 in my hands. I guess after that I would go with Sony, don’t get to really see them much in U.S. cell industry and I am a major fan of their build quality and looks.

    • ki11ak3nn

      Same here. Love my G2. I would love to get a Nexus, but they don’t have wi-fi calling/texting for T-Mobile. I need that since T-Mobile is super weak in my hospital building. If the next Nexus gets that to some extent it’ll probably be my next phone.

  • Snowbo13

    i wanted moto nexus but now…. maybe htc?

  • Craig Armstrong

    It would be kinda fun to see a Nokia made Nexus device. Always have great build quality.

    • SplashMTN

      Can you imagine a Nexus with the same sensor they put in the 1020? I know they’d never hit the price point that Nexus devices are sold for, but it’d be an amazing device.

  • NoMoto :(

    If you had asked me last year, or even at the beginning of this year, it would have been Motorola.Now, that Google no longer owns them, not so much. At this point, I’d want either Sony or HTC to be the Nexus maker.

  • I’m cool with anyone making it as long as it doesn’t look/feel super cheap (like the gnex). I know the gnex was pretty tough, but I want a classy looking phone. Still happy with my Nexus 4, been caseless with it for over a year with no issues so far. The Moto X is plastic though and still has a nice look/feel to it, so even plastic is acceptable.

  • ezbbycame2play

    “The All-New HTC Nexus One”

  • chris kilps

    I don’t care who makes, I just want a new nexus 10. We need a good big tablet without physicals buttons!!!

    • David Thomas

      Agreed here. Have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the new one.

  • aaron nyquist

    I would love to see an updated Samsung Nexus. I loved that phone. My second choice would be Moto though, great build quality.

  • Orion

    Motorola followed by HTC.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I voted Sony, but HTC is a close second. I don’t trust Samsung not to screw it up at this point, and LG and Asus have had their time to shine. Motorola already makes near-nexus-es, and add proven by the moto g GPE, would actually be a downgrade.

    • Aaron

      We’ve seen Asus do big things on a tight budget with the N7, I would like to see what could be achieved in a smaller form factor.

  • I’d be on board with a Sony design. Nothing against LG, I’m sure they’d do just fine (the 4 and 5 have both been nice) but Sony seems to be one of the few doing something different.

  • Aaron

    Here’s an idea… Asus and the Nexus Padfone.

  • David Thomas

    I actually voted Samsung, just because I’d LOVE to see them FORCED to make a pure Android phone without all of their crap on it. One can dream, right?

    • Kevin

      S4 play edition…

      • David Thomas

        Now a Note 3 play edition? THAT would be fun stuff!

        • Matthew Merrick

          As long as they make the pen still work right.

        • Eric R.

          Have fun not using the SPen

          • David Thomas

            Believe it or not, I rarely use it… now my 12 year old son? That’s the first thing he goes for every time he picks up my Note 3! LOL

      • PullOnSupermansCape

        The GPE S4 is a sick phone.

    • Aaron

      How did you feel about the GNex?

      • Matthew Merrick


      • David Thomas


    • The Narrator

      The Gnex was an abomination. Everyone voting for Samsung makes me sad

      • David Thomas

        but with their latest hardware/specs? might be fun…

        • The Narrator

          Latest hardware? The same it’s been for years you mean?

          • David Thomas

            …better processor, better camera, at least by the time it was released.

          • The Narrator

            I could see the Nexus 5 holding an 805 if it’s in October.

      • PullOnSupermansCape

        Have you forgotten that Samsung made the Nexus S? That was a well-received and highly liked phone! Samsung has also had great success with the GPE S4. The GPE S4 is by far one of the nicest phones out there right now.

        The Galaxy Nexus was somewhat of a fail, but they have made a great Nexus phone in the past and they currently have a great Nexus-like phone out right now.

  • dandroid13

    Anyone except HTC, so I can buy one. 🙂

  • I kinda want someone new, but I wouldn’t be mad if HTC got it, especially if they based it off the New One. Voted for Moto tho, surprised to see so many others did too with the unknowns of Lenovo.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    ummm…HTC? Who else?

  • johnediii

    I have had a Nexus 4 and 5 and honestly, LG is not up to par. The Smartphone part is OK, but I get no signal from my carrier on my Nexus 5 in spots where my wife’s iPhone 5 has full bars of LTE.

    • Jon Oliver

      Where do you live…my Nexus 4 and 5 stay on lte

      • Marikel

        I’m going to assume you’re a Nexus fanboy and that you hate when people hate on the Nexus, because the Nexus 4 never had LTE.

  • I’ve been really with what HTC did with the One and the New One. I think HTC should have a go at it.

  • Hothfox

    I don’t really care who makes it if it doesn’t come to Verizon. I voted Motorola, but I actually kind of hope Motorola stays its current course under Lenovo and continues to put out almost-AOSP devices like the Moto X for those of us who need to be on Verizon.

    Realistically, I see it being LG again. Maybe Samsung.

    • PullOnSupermansCape

      I kind of doubt Verizon even wants to get involved with another Nexus phone after the whole Galaxy Nexus debacle.

      • NYCHitman1

        I think you meant to say that you doubt Google wants to get involved with Verizon after the Galaxy Nexus debacle.

        • PullOnSupermansCape

          Haha, yeah I did.

        • The Narrator


          Nexus is supposed to be bloat free, yet Verizon had to F that up

          • MistaButters

            It wasn’t just bloat. The entire company didn’t want to support the phone. If you walked into a store, reps would steer you away. Then Verizon delayed updates for ages, and on several occasions the Verizon G-Nex was behind skinned phones in Android version. That completely goes against the Nexus program.

          • ki11ak3nn

            That’s what pissed me off the most. Being behind skinned phones in updates. There was no reason for that at all. Finally left Verizon in January for T-Mobile. Haven’t looked back. I’m excited for the Z2 or the next Nexus.

    • MustWarnOthers

      I think it’s actually a good thing that Verizon doesn’t get the Nexus line. The pricing of the Nexus line fits perfectly with the current MVNO/non contract carrier structure and I think that keeps the industry and Verizon in check to some degree. The influx of quality MVNO’s, even if they are only 2 carriers really, has driven pricing and plans into a slightly better position for customers than the landscape we’ve had the past 3-4 years.

      45 bucks a month is finally starting to creep in as what consumers consider to be a realistic price for texting, calling and a reasonable chunk of data. I think that if Verizon had their hands on the Nexus phones, we wouldn’t have seen much movement in overall smartphone plan pricing since consumers would continue rationalizing that Verizon’s top notch coverage is worth getting reamed for.

      T-Mobile has done a good job with their marketing to remind the average consumer that contract pricing plans are idiotic and money wasting for consumers. I wish their service was larger in my area and I would have jumped on the bandwagon without hesitation. My $45 dollar aio plan with a Nexus 5 feels like a perfect fit as far as my bills are concerned.

      • Hothfox

        I agree that MVNOs SHOULD keep Verizon in check, but they don’t. Verizon continues to charge more for the same/less and tries to convince people it’s better for them. I can only assume the only people still using Verizon are those who don’t receive comparable coverage from other carriers.

        • chase1963

          I stayed with Verizon because they offered me an under the radar, telesales only, limited time plan. I’ts called the ”

          LOYALTY $60/2GB UNLIM T&T “

          • Hothfox

            I think special deals like that are the exception.

          • chase1963

            Yea, i think so too. My mother got her first smartphone around that same time(iphone5). I called back telesales and gave a rep the code for my plan. My mother got it too.

          • Keg Man

            When I call to cancel, whether it be cable or phone, they say: “sorry to hear that. Ok you’re cancelled now, have a nice life” they never try to keep me and I’m always paid in full 100% of the time

    • Keg Man

      the verizon samsung nexus was a train wreck

      • Hothfox

        I would agree with that. I also never said it was likely the next Nexus would come to Verizon, or that I wanted it to.

  • Tyler Spurgeon

    I chose Motorola, I have always been impressed with their quality of devices. Sadly with Moto getting plowed under, my second choice would have to be Samsung.

  • MikeD675

    Likely it will never happen, but I think Nokia could make a great Nexus phone.

  • Metal_Link

    Motorola and Sony are the only ones on that list that haven’t been picked for Nexus devices yet. I voted Sony after seeing the Xperia Z.

    • vzwuser76

      Except for the carrier bloat, the original Droid could be considered a Nexus device. IIRC, the boot loader was unlocked on it as well.

  • HotRodJohnson

    I think they should go balls out and have all of them do one at the same time.

  • Beavis

    Samsung actually got votes? Wow.

    • Carlos Lopez

      Lot of samsung fans on this site

      • The Narrator

        Think of them as the same ones from The Following.

  • Alex Boro

    Sony’s hardware is so underrated. Some of the best build quality and looks. Also, their phones are water resistant/proof. I want sony to make it.

    • Jordan Webb

      Yup, same here. HTC second (and more likely), since they’ve been making some sexy hardware encumbered with less-sexy software lately.

      • Alex Boro

        I would prefer Sony over everyone else, but I would still be happy to see HTC or Motorola make it. Just not Sammy or LG.

        • michael arazan

          I would prefer anything as long as it was back on Verizon again!

          Google said they were working on a couple devices with Verizon, the Nexus 7 lte might of been one, hopefully a phone will be second.

    • The Narrator

      Heck yeah, 20.7mp, waterproof, SD slot (sony wouldn’t remove it) i hope, big battery, ya dun got something good there

      • I would be cool with those specs…but el goog seems pretty set on the no external sdcard thing. I’d put the odds on an sdcard slot being included in a Nexus about even with a Nexus running iOS.

        • The Narrator

          That or 32/64. I’d pay more more the features.

      • Jon Oliver

        Google would remove the SD slot

        • The Narrator

          Shush, let us have hope.

        • Stone Cold

          They may allow the SD but it would be read only

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Wouldn’t happen. Google would cut more than just the SD slot to keep costs down, just like they did with the N5.

        • MistaButters

          There are like 4 reasons there is no SD on Nexus devices, and none of them have to do with keeping the cost down.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I understand that. My comment was more to inform him that he wouldn’t be seeing the 20.7MP camera or other features Sony has. They’d get cut to keep costs down.

          • MistaButters

            I completely read your comment wrong. Long day. Sorry about that.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            No Worries. Happens to the best of us!

          • michael arazan

            Google Drive is the main reason. Problem is that google thinks everyone has unlimited data, or access to wifi 24/7

      • qudwls6933

        Basically 2013 Z Ultra GPE to 2014 Nexus Z2 or something

      • morteum

        Plus that phone would be sexy. A slim black combination of glass and metal. I’m sure it would maintain the Nexus shape and maybe have a glass back like the N4. I know a lot of people didn’t like the fragility, but hey, it works for Sony.

    • brkshr

      I agree, but their options available in the U.S. is laughable.

    • Alec

      All Sony smartphones look the same though. I don’t want the next nexus looking like one of them as well.

    • Miguel

      I want Sony or HTC, those two bodies on their flagships will make me very happy.

    • Jim890

      I agree with you, but Sony stopped releasing phones in the U.S. Funny thing is moto is up there and most votes when we all know for a fact that Google will not pick them to make the next nexus. There’s was a good reason Google sold them out. SMH.

      • Stone Cold

        Sony is testing the waters again too much money out there for them not too the Z1S is a good phone but like any other can be improved.

    • asten77

      I like the hardware and build quality, but something about their design just turns me off.

      • Muddy B00ts

        Is it… the power button?

        I’ll show myself out.

    • BK

      I came to the comments to make this exact comment. Really surprised to see sony so low in the survey. Now that their screen game has been improved, do any of the others on the list really match their overall hardware and camera quality?

      On a different note, I would’ve voted for Moto previously, but after Lenovo I’ll wait and see.

      • Justin Abe

        It’s because readership is mostly American. And we don’t have a clue about how good Sony is since they don’t care about our market too much and don’t give a crap about VZW/Sprint and their minority radio technology (CDMA)

  • TheSimpleTruth

    If you asked me 2 years ago I definitely would not have chosen Moto.. but damn the new Droid line / MotoX are awesome phones. I pretty much want the Droid MAXX Nexus

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      All Hail Maxxus

  • Severo Rivera

    People, you need to understand the Motorola is not making the next Nexus and probably never will, but man do I really want them too.

  • calculatorwatch

    Ahh the Moto Nexus. So elusive yet we still hold out hope.

    • The Narrator

      The Moto X is basically a Nexus already

      • Justin Bontrager

        That’s why I bought it. Closest thing I can get on Verizon.

    • maysider

      but no one except for Samsung gives us replaceable battery, therefore Samsung SGS5 Google Edition for Europe please!
      replaceable battery = always smartphone = not just an iBrick when battery dies