The word on the street is that Google will use multiple manufacturers for its next batch of Nexus flagship phones. For those of you not familiar with the Nexus line, these phones use an unaltered or “vanilla” version of Android that’s free from manufacturer skins. Nexus phones have been used as reference models for major updates to the Android operating system.
The original Nexus One was made for Google by HTC. It was followed by the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus from Samsung. It would be fantastic if Google used multiple manufacturers to launch the next major version of Android (Jellybean). The kicker is that these phones will be sold directly to consumers through Google Play. Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal:
Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. That is a shift from Google’s previous practice, when it joined with only one hardware maker at a time to produce “lead devices,” before releasing the software to other device makers.
While I love me some Google Android, I’m tired of waiting for OS updates that are delayed by manufacturers and carriers. That’s why I currently rock and love my Galaxy Nexus. While phones like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III look amazing, I prefer Nexus phones because they’ll get updated faster and, for the most part, don’t have bloatware issues.
I love the idea of having several Nexus phones to choose from. For Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), there’s just one Samsung phone. Although I’m happy with my Nexus, I prefer the construction and build quality of HTC and Motorola phones. Being able to choose from several “pure” Android phones sounds awesome, don’t you agree? Are you excited by the rumor that Google will sell multiple Nexus phone through Google Play?