So far, Google’s Nexus phones have been made by Samsung and LG. Some think that LG will make the next Nexus phone, but others wonder why Google just doesn’t have Motorola make it. After all, Google now owns the handset manufacturer. As it turns out, Google might actually involve Motorola in the future of Nexus.
In a post from Taylor Wimberly on Google+, he says that Google and Motorola will release a Nexus phone at the end of this year. Droid-Life says that he was spot on with the Moto X months before it was announced so there is some weight behind his statement.
This latest rumor is interesting on a number of fronts, but the most pressing is the existence of the Moto X. You could consider it a kind of Google phone as the company worked closely with Motorola on the device. Would a Motorola Nexus just be a Moto X with stock Android? It’s entirely plausible and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see one later this year.
Interestingly enough, it’s also speculated that LG could still release a Nexus phone as well. Would Google release two Nexus phones in the same year? The company already sells Nexus versions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One in the Google Play store so it’s not entirely out of the question. LG could provide the flagship high-end Nexus experience while the Motorola Nexus would be a cheaper, mid-tier device.
All of this is purely speculation for now, but it’s interesting to think about the future of the Nexus program. Will Google start cranking out more hardware every year? It’s a nice thought, but some hardware manufacturers may not be fully on board with the idea of selling their hardware at cost even if Google cushions it with heavy subsidizations.