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

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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Rumor: Google Picks LG to Create Nexus 6 and Nexus Smartwatch

According to business sources of Gizmodo Germany, who spoke at MWC last week, Google has selected LG for the third year in a row to create the next Nexus smartphone. Previous rumors indicated that the Nexus program was actually coming to a close in 2015, and that Lenovo, the new owners of Motorola, would be the last company to create a Nexus phone for Google.  (more…)

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GRAIN OF SALT: Rumors Suggest Nexus Program is Dying in 2015, Lenovo Gets to Make One of the Last

If you read tech sites outside of this one, there is a chance you read the rumor from earlier in the week from industry player Eldar Murtazin, which suggested that Google is going to kill off its Nexus program some time in 2015 and replace it with its Google Play Edition line, though that name may change by the time this all unfolds. Clearly, we ignored the hell out of this rumor. Because well, it’s just a giant one-line rumor on Twitter with nothing to back it. To add to the plot, though, Murtazin returned shortly after the Lenovo-Motorola deal was announced to suggest that Lenovo will make one of the last Nexus devices ever.

So what do we think? Seeing as 2014 just started, Google just released the Nexus 5 (a device that helped carry LG’s last quarter), and all sorts of new Google Play Edition devices are available, I couldn’t tell you. My initial reaction is to not worry about it at this point.  (more…)

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Quick Look: Official Nexus 5 Bumper and Quick Cover Cases

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Report: Supposed LG-Made Nexus 10 Spotted in Renders, Launch Scheduled for November 22?

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Over the weekend, every single person concerned about an upcoming Nexus 10 tablet was thrown a heavy curveball. Since rumors began of a new Nexus 10, there has been little confirmation as to which OEM would produce the next rendition, with leaks coming from both ASUS and Samsung in a battle for production. Interestingly enough, new material has popped up by way of Reddit, which actually points to LG being the manufacturer. (more…)

LG “V510″ Passes Through Bluetooth Cert, Could be Rumored Nexus 8 Tablet

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Spotted by Japan’s Blog of Mobile, an LG-made device with model number V510 passed through the Bluetooth certification process recently. If you will recall, the LG G Pad 8.3, which is model V500, was announced back in mid-October, and is now on sale at Best Buy for $349.99. What has us excited is that Google is apparently “teasing” an unmarked Android tablet through Kit Kat promotional materials, but we know the device pictured is not a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. Could the V510 be a Nexus 8?  (more…)