Is Motorola making the next Nexus smartphone?

Nexus smartphones and tablets have always been the centre of attraction in the Android universe and as we get closer to the release of any Nexus product, we tend to see a flood of rumours. Given the fact that Nexus 7 tablet is already official, it is now the turn of next Nexus smartphone and rumours have already started rolling in. The latest one is coming from Taylor Wimberly (of Android & Me fame).New Motorola Logo

Wimberly claims that Motorola is working on the next Nexus smartphone. He does not add any other information to substantiate his claim but given his past record with Motorola related stuff, we deemed it to be worthy of a post.

While, it won’t be very surprising to see a Motorola made Nexus smartphone, but we have also heard reports of a Moto X Google Play version and if the latter is indeed true than making a second similar device does not make sense.

Also, Google would like to keep Motorola as visibly separate from it as possible, to not antagonise other Android manufacturers by showing that Motorola is getting any kind of favourable treatment for being a Google-owned company.

Well, until we see any credible proof of Moto-made Nexus or any other company made Nexus smartphone, this is all just speculation. So, we will reserve our judgement till any real leaks or credible reports arrive.

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2 thoughts on “Is Motorola making the next Nexus smartphone?


    (August 9, 2013 - 10:43 pm)

    After seeing refreshing Moto X, it is time for a Moto Nexus.

    E. Tasche

    (August 9, 2013 - 12:48 pm)

    This article basically sums it all up. Well written.

    It’d be great to have a Moto Nexus, or Nexus Moto?.. but if it has similar features & specs of the Moto X, that would kind of undercut Motorola and the carriers…

    Though the same could be said about every past Nexus device I suppose.

    As for keeping a level playing field, I think they could have Motorola make one of the Nexus devices, as long as Google doesn’t change the requirements or just default to Motorola for Nexus devices. Motorola would have to ‘outbid’ or win over other manufacturers in what ever way Google has required up until now to be awarded the contract, and Google would have to make sure that there was no confusion about that at any point. Any reasonable whiff of Google giving preferential treatment to Motorola could cause a lot of problems for both companies.

    So far it seems that all Google has done for Motorola besides providing capital (I assume they provided monetary capital) and hand over some of their brightest human capital, which really is very reasonable and does not really create an unfair playing field, as Motorola still operates as a separate entity.

    Personally I think Motorola and their X8 ordeal should be building the Nexus 5 (or what ever they end up calling it). I am just not impressed by anything else out there. The market still needs good phones that are phones, and not just a lineup of phablets. I personally want to see 4.5″ become the norm. Anything past that starts to become noticeable to carry 24/7 365. Phablets won’t go away, but seeing every flagship phone morph into a phablet bothers me.

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