Rumor: Motorola to make next Nexus for Google

Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 5:53 by Tech Correspondent

Google’s Nexus 3 will be a Motorola phone, according to tech blog Androidauthority, which was tipped off by a Google employee.

The blog goes on to speculate that Google is most likely to collaborate with LG, Motorola or Sony Ericsson for its next smartphone, which will presumably run Android 2.4, successor to the latest, version 2.3 aka Gingerbread. Also see: Nexus S India launch

Google’s options are restricted to these particular firms because these are the biggest Android phone producers along with Samsung and HTC. These manufacturers also include the biggest smartphone producers. The others, Research In Motion, Apple and Nokia use proprietary operating systems. However, it might not be entirely impossible that Nokia releases an Android phone and if it does, it is likely to do so in close collaboration with Google. Related: Android topples Symbian as world’s No. 1 mobile OS

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For now, though, Motorola is perhaps the most likely Nexus 3 candidate. The company has a lot of experience with Android versions 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3. Some of the most successful Android phones have been made by Motorola, such as the Droid series. The company has also made Motorola Xoom, a much anticipated Google tablet for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Coming up from Motorola are also Atrix 4G smartphone and Droid Bionic – both Android phones.

Google releases Nexus devices as standards that developers can use for creating Android apps; and for showcasing the software capabilities of the updated OS, such as for demonstrating to manufacturers how NFC technology is employed in a smartphone. Besides, if you’re designing smartphone software, you need a smartphone to try it out on.

A Google engineer told Androidauthority at CES 2011 last month that Honeycomb should be used on smartphones in future. Motorola already has Honeycomb and smartphone expertise, and it will be a short step to adapt the OS for smartphones.

Therefore, Nexus 3, if it is a rehashed version of Honeycomb made by Motorola, might not even be as evolutionary as Android 2.3 Gingerbread Nexus S with Near Field Communication for mobile payments and dual core 1.2GHz processors has been.

Google has earlier indicated that it favors no particular manufacturer. Nexus One was made by HTC; Nexus S (or Nexus 2) by Samsung, and Xoom Honeycomb (or Nexus tablet as it is some times called,) was made by Motorola. Google hasn’t mentioned whether it is averse to choosing the same manufacturer twice, but there doesn’t seem to be a reason why it should be.

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