Who would you want to build the next "Nexus" device and why?
Here is a brief rumour roundup with mockup photos of each
LG Optimus G Nexus could be seen in November. (mobilesyrup.com/2012/10/04/lg-optimus-g-nexus-desc...)
Spec-wise similar to the Optimus G, 4.7-inch HD IPS screen with quad core processing and LTE ready chipset on-board. 2GB of RAM.
Sony Xperia Nexus seemed to be leaked in Japan by NTT Domoco (www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-nexus-2-so...)
This uses Sony’s signature hardware design. Specs of the Xperia Nexus allegedly are a 4.6-inch 720p AMOLED screen and a 13MP camera.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 had some camera photos uploaded to picasa as the gt-i9260 (www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-nexus-2-plus-gt-i9...)
4.65-inch Super Amoled HD+, which means no pentile. Samsung’s latest LTE ready Exynos processor. Possible 8MP camera. Samsung is rumored to be continuing the curved glass
HTC Nexus 5 is rumoured to be a 5 inch "phablet" (I hate that word). (www.android.gs/htc-nexus-5/)
Besides the 5 inch display, this is rumoured to use a snapdragon processor.
Motorola Nexus RAZR seems to be the least likely of the bunch. Google has shown that Motorola is not getting preferential treatment in the Android market. Yet still some rumours have floated around.
720p 4.7″ Super Amoled HD screen. Qualcomm quad core snapdragon LTE chipset and a 3,000 mAh battery. This pegs it at just less than the RAZR MAXX in terms of battery capacity.
Where do I personally sit? Depending on how close you have followed my posts in the past, you know I am a fan of Sony hardware, yet not a fan of their UI/software. If the "pure Google" experience can solve my software woes with them, I would be very likely to get an Xperia Nexus.
That being said, I feel like all of these rumoured devices sound fantastic (even the LG Nexus, which I am unsure about). It will be an exciting october/november while we wait to see what is announced!
Seems a "Sony Nexus X" has leaked to the internet
My last 3 phones have all been Samsung.... I like their devices. I know what to expect. I just hope they would use a better display in the future. The Galaxy Nexus screen is the weakest point of it. Even my Samsung (OG) Focus had a more visually attractive display.
Of the pictures and profiles in this post, the one that looks most attractive is the Sony Xperia Nexus. Wow. That form, that screen, that camera. But I'd be a little surprised if Sony made the "stock" Google phone - a lot of what Sony markets its devices on is the value that Sony "adds" - I'd be surprised if they'd be able to throw their Playstation for Android or other apps on a Nexus. They take pride in their software, although I agree that it's usually more of a pain than a feature. I used to love Sony... so if they did it right, I'd be on board.
I don't think I'd trust an LG Nexus. :-/
HTC seems a little lost lately... their Windows Phone 8X looks amazing though. If the phone were more like that, I'd be more interested than in the phablet Nexus 5.
Nexus RAZR might be cool too, especially since Motorola works closely with Google. It's possible they could achieve a
So, in order of preference, I guess... Samsung or Moto... then Sony or HTC.
...unfortunately, it might not really matter to me. More important to me than manufacturer is carrier. I'm unfortunately stuck on Verizon, and not due to a contract: they provide the only reliable, modern service available in my area... (4G on VZW, AT&T offers EDGE and drops calls, Sprint doesn't serve my work well, and I haven't heard anything good about T-Mo around here.)
This year was the first time Verizon got a Nexus. And as we saw this year, "Nexus" on Verizon means nothing. No promotion for the GNex and a much later release than in other countries. Slow updates and fixes, slow upgrade to JB, no wallet, Verizon-mandated crap apps, and Verizon even got itself temporarily dropped from the AOSP program. If Google can't coerce they company that they indirectly saved with the Droid to follow its rules, there is no reason for me to pay up for a Nexus experience. And the way Verizon horribly bungled their Nexus device, I'd be surprised if Google decided to work with them again. So most likely my next device will not be a Nexus, whichever of these beautiful devices it makes.
but my concern isn’t who is going to make the next Nexus but will it really be stock, will the manufacturer release updates in a reasonable time frame and what restrictions if any will the carriers have on the phone (remember Verizon and google wallet mess?).
I have the Nexus on Verizon and i like the phone but i hate the fact that i had to get a custom ROM 4.1 because Verizon and Samsung had not released the 4.1 update in a timely manner.
1. No more Samsung. They have the worst antenna engineers in the business. Every model of Samsung I have had personal experience with (whether I owned it myself or support someone who does) has had issues with antenna, both cellular and wifi. Granted, I am in one of those areas which has older Sprint towers, so maybe it isn't as big an issue in other parts of the country, but I generally tell people to avoid Samsung for these reasons. My coworker's GSIII gets terrible reception compared to my Photon.
2. I am on the fence with HTC. They make the best cameras in the Android market, but they also have the worst battery life fairly consistently. It's time we moved on past the need to charge a phone mid-day. If they can solve that, I would be okay with HTC as this would finally be a phone that is devoid of Sense, which I despise almost as much as WinMo 6.
3. Sony... I will have to defer to others on Sony as I have never seen a Sony Android device in person. They have good ideas, but their laptops of the past 5 years tell me their engineers aren't the smartest in the industry in terms of QA and thermal design. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, though.
4. LG gets such mixed reviews, and the bad ones are so bad, that I don't know if I could back them. They have great ideas, but it seems like their engineers are very erratic in terms of reliability based on things I have read.
5. Motorola would be an obvious conclusion, and probably the one I would lean toward personally. Granted, they do have QA issues, which means you may sometimes get a bad unit right out of the box (happened to me with the Photon), but they seem to be the only brand really devoted to trying to solve the battery issue, which is Android's Achilles Heel. They don't make great cameras, but perhaps they could swallow their pride and buy a sensor from Sony like the others that have good cameras. My Photon is tough as nails, has survived numerous drops, feels solid, gets the best battery life I have seen shy of the Maxx, and gets better reception than any other phone I have seen in our area. With a phone, those really are the most important factors.
So, I guess I will throw my hat in Motorola's ring for now. I just wish they would start posting details because I have messed up my headphone jack from numerous "cord yanks" and need to start looking at new hardware.
As someone who has purposefully only bought stock Android devices (well, the G1 doesn't count, it was the only one out in December of '08 :) ), I've been thinking about this a great deal. There are two ways I will be approaching this if all these phones end up getting releases:
1) I will avoid the Samsung - after using my Galaxy Nexus for a year, it's clear that Samsung and especially Verizon couldn't have cared less about this phone. The Verizon version saw NONE of the accessories that the GSM version did. I also just don't like the build quality. Perhaps I'd feel better about the Galaxy Nexus if I'd been using it on GSM, but I don't know.
2) I'm going to wait. First of all, I'm going to have to wait, as I'll be trapped into my Verizon contract for about 14 more months, but that's not the main reason. I'm going to wait so I can make damn sure that these "stock" Nexus phones really are stock phones. Again, this may be because I was burned by Verizon, but I want to make sure that these companies have the willpower to keep their own crap off the phones, and the attentiveness to push out updates on time.
After having the G1 and the Nexus One, I'll be tempted to go back to HTC. Sure, they don't have the sexiest industrial design, but I like their build quality more than these Samsung phones, and I personally would LOVE the screen size.
Again, great question, and I guess we'll see what we get soon (hopefully)
My question was indeed worded that way. Unless a big reveal of multiple devices happens at once, somebody will be the first to reveal one. I as much as the next person would love to see all these devices hit market.
If they do, Google will need to further work on their Nexus branding in order to not dilute what it means or the "quality" they want associated with it.
As far as I recall, the Verizon version was the only Galaxy Nexus to have LTE. SO that is kind of a bonus, but I understand your want to have a stock phone
of them all i think Sony could make the nicest piece of hardware that could complete with apple on the design side. But they are trying to make money and i don’t seem them taking that kind of risk right now with how they are financially.
The positive sign is how wonderful the Nexus 7 is designed for its cost. The soft rubbery back, its simplicity of only a USB and Headphone port. No need to worry about other ports or microSD breaking the lines. (I know a few Nexus 7 and Nokia Lumia 920 fans may rage at that statement)
Of course there have been some build quality issues with them, screen lifting being the primary concern. However, it is in my opinion the nicest Nexus device so far and a step in the right direction for the line.
But more than anything I just want 4-4.3" screen squeezed into a body with small bezel not to tall or wide with a nice big battery in it like the Moto's Maxx devices. Great processor (and GPU), 4g, gorgeous screen, great camera and I'm more than sold TWICE (HDMI out, and micro SD would just be gravy on top). Is that soooo much to ask. But a guy can dream can't he.
In short I think the Sony suits me best if the rumors hold true. Very excited for the next few months to come!
However, there was a rumor awhile back that said that Google would launch something like 5 Nexus devices this year or something like that, so perhaps multiple devices (all from different manufacturers) will be what happens.
I guess we'll know soon.
Sony deserve a second chance after their failed attempt with what became the Xperia Play. They've greatly improved since then and could show potential as a Nexus maker.
However, I think HTC make the most solid Android devices (excluding the bloat of Sense, which tbh I'm still a huge fan of). If they made a vanilla Android device, it would be blazing fast and have an insanely beautiful and solid build.