While I theorized on a few things that might happen with the Motorola Droid Bionic because of Google’s acquisition of Motorola, you can be sure there will be one process that won’t be changing and that is how Google selects its yearly Nexus phone.
Google’s Android guy Andy Rubin has come right out and said that Nexus devices will not be exclusive to Motorola which means that there is certainly a chance that we might see a Nexus reprisal from Samsung or even a device from first-timer LG when Ice Cream Sandwich arrives later on this year.
Here is what Andy Rubin had to say about the issue:
We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.
What we do is that we select each — around Christmastime of each year — we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.
Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts — they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.
We don’t expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.
So. companies bid, Google selects one and they work closely to put out a Nexus device. That will continue to happen and Motorola will apparently still be a part of the bidding process as a separate entity from Google. That part seems a little strange to us but we’ll take Rubin’s word for it.
A Droid Nexus wouldn’t be too shabby though. Would it?