A new report suggests that several companies may be offering a Nexus smartphone later on this year with HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG all rumored to be Nexus partners with Google.
According to hit-or-miss publication Digitimes, Google may be offering multiple Nexus smartphones later this year. And while we’ve already heard about the LG Optimus G Nexus and seen the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 leak several times, we haven’t yet seen anything from HTC or Sony, both of which are apparently in the mix to release a Nexus smartphone later this year.
Motorola is suspiciously left out of the report, even though yesterday we heard from Motorola directly who stated that it wants to offer a Motorola Droid Nexus or something similar but wouldn’t confirm the device’s existence.
Google is said to be allowing Nexus manufacturers to craft the hardware and look of the Nexus smartphones provided they run on Google’s latest version of software which in this case is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This shift seems to be associated with the fact that Google does not want manufacturers to think that it’s playing favorites when it comes to Motorola, a company that Google owns.
Devices from HTC and Sony remain in the shadows, however, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 and LG Optimus G Nexus have both been heavily rumored, the latter even has a possible launch month attached to it.
Rumored specifications for the Samsung GT I-9260 or Galaxy Nexus 2 include a Super AMOLED HD display that measures in at 4.65-inches, a dual-core A9 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, 16GB of storage and a slot for an SD card which would provide for expanded storage.
As for the LG Optimus G Nexus, it’s said to have a massive display, a design similar to the Galaxy Nexus, an 8MP camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which is said to come with a few new features, but won’t be a massive upgrade over Android 4.1
The Optimus G Nexus is currently rumored for a launch November and we should get a better idea of what to expect from it, and the other devices, if they exist, on October 29th when Andy Rubin takes the stage at the All Things D: Dive Into Mobile event.