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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Will You Buy Magazines From The Play Store?

Google usually releases a new Nexus phone in Q4, and we're already firmly into Q3 - which means the rumors should start heating up any day now. In fact, given just how little we've heard on the subject (presumably because everyone is too busy gushing over the Nexus 7), we should probably (hopefully) be hearing something any day now.

Our question to you is, if you could pick the manufacturer of the next Nexus phone, who would you choose? The choices below are the most obvious choices, though it's conceivable (albeit highly unlikely) that a major underdog could snag the contract. HTC made the first Android phone and the first Nexus, but has been left in the dust for the last two, which were both made by Samsung. Let's not forget Asus, who is making the Nexus 7 and has been testing the smartphone waters, or Motorola, who is now owned by Google. Finally, way back in February LG said they were "heavily in discussions" with Google to manufacture a Nexus device.

Sound off in the poll below, then let us know why you made your choice in the comments.

In A Perfect World, Who Would Manufacture The Next Nexus Phone?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/phillysaxon PhillySaxon

    Nokia, if only they hadn't sold themselves out to Microsoft. Their hardware is (or was, at least) second to none. The Nexus N could have been a beautiful thing.

  • http://twitter.com/phillysaxon PhillySaxon

    Nokia, if only they hadn't sold themselves out to Microsoft. Their hardware is (or was, at least) second to none. The Nexus N could have been a beautiful thing.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Huawei!! lol joking, but they have been improving their hardware surprisingly.

    • Daniel Murphy

      I wouldnt be too surprised. Its very unlikely but it could happen.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Huawei!! lol joking, but they have been improving their hardware surprisingly.

  • Drayon

    HTC or Sony.
    And preferably Sony, they make beautiful hardware, but the software and parts are always one step behind.

    • Dipish

      Agree with you. Sony(-Ericsson) makes pretty good hardware, especially cameras, and actually Sony's Android skinning isn't terrible, not something like Sense or TouchWiz, I'd say it's one of the closest to stock Android (with several useful enhancements).

      If not for mediocre camera, I'd buy Galaxy Nexus, but got Sony Xperia S... The downside of this is obvious: Android updates. Only got my ICS last Friday... Happy with everything else though. So for me a Nexus Device from Sony looks like an ideal choice.

    • ericl5112

      I feel like Sony's behind a cycle on hardware right now, with the exception of the Japan only GX. I think I'd avoid them at the moment unless they can really step up to the challenge. HTC would be my choice.

    • kidheated

      That's interesting. A Google-powered, PlayStation Mobile-capable device actually built by Sony. The more I think about it, the more I like it. With the shift into the mobile market that Sony is already pursuing and the new 1080p w/ correct aspect ratio 5 inch screens (LG and others) coming out, this would be a killer handset. The only thing, Sony has partnered w/ HTC, exclusively at the moment, to build PsMobile capable phones. They would most likely given the contract unless otherwise stipulated in the deal between Googs and Sony.

    • nsnsmj

      I actually think Sony's software customization is among the best. Their skin is lightweight compared to Sense and TouchWiz, and it looks great aesthetically. I still prefer the look of stock Android, but Sony's skin is something I could live with. Moto's new almost stock skin as well.

      Sony's latest devices also have good hardware (as in the SOC). They're using the S4 in their new flagship devices too, I believe.

      • Drayon

        Their software skin might be one of the best, but when it's based on GB when devices with ICS are shipping, that doesn't matter.

      • Drayon

        Their software skin might be one of the best, but when it's based on GB when devices with ICS are shipping, that doesn't matter.

        • nsnsmj

          Don't really see how that's too relevant to my post. Your comment would only make sense if they hadn't been releasing phones with ICS, and upgrading older phones to ICS. Seeing as how they are doing both of those things, perhaps you should do a little more research.

          It's sad that I even have to be more specific for people like you.

          • Drayon

            My point is about the release of the xperia S, they released it with gb when there were already phones with ics.

    • ECBomb

      I would LOVE for a Sony made Nexus (hence I voted 'Other')! Loved the looks of the X10 and Xperia S (not so much the Arc) and would've loved either of those form factors running pure Android.

      Sony design, PS Mobile capabilities, excellent camera, more up-to-date + improved hardware, longer lasting battery life, and pure Android software + updates = Epic Win in my books (I can dream right?).

    • Abhinav

      +1 for Sony

    • Knlegend1

      I can't argue there. Sony makes beautiful hardware indeed. Their cameras are really nice as well.

    • Knlegend1

      I can't argue there. Sony makes beautiful hardware indeed. Their cameras are really nice as well.

  • http://twitter.com/phillysaxon PhillySaxon

    Nokia, if only they hadn't sold themselves out to Microsoft. Their hardware is (or was, at least) second to none. The Nexus N could have been a beautiful thing.

    • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

      If the WP project fails they have a plan B ready... I bet we'd all love to see an Android phone by Nokia, with Zeill lens, PureView tech and Nokia apps (Drive, Transport, Music, ...)... wouldn't we?

      • Kenny O

        Wouldn't adding "Nokia" branded apps defeat the point of it being a Nexus device. Pure Google. Nothing more, nothing less.

        • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

          I said Android phone by Nokia, not Nexus phone by Nokia... and anyway, having the chance to install their apps wouldn't be a bad thing.

    • Alan

      I disagree, Android would have made Nokia into another faceless Android OEM. The permissions they have to change key aspects of the Windows Phone OS means they can diversify their devices, you post smacks of jealousy btw.

      • GoodGuyGreg

        "
        The permissions they have to change key aspects of the Windows Phone OS means they can diversify their devices,"

        What?

        THE biggest problem with WP is the complete lack of diversity between devices. I've handled every WP device for one of the US carriers & have found that if you've seen one WP phone, you've seen them all. Before their lumia line came out I was hoping they really were going to take advantage of the deal they made with MS on modifying WP - but they didn't - it's the same phone as every other WP phone going back to the HTC Surround.

        There's much more diversity in android devices not only with the different UI's vendors slap on them, but with the 20 different launchers in the market.

        Nokia was already working on a linux-variant OS - it would've made complete sense for them to roll their work on that into android - they'd have been more than a "faceless android OEM" - they could've have been a serious contributor to the project. Instead, they made a bunch of good looking WP bricks and tied them around the neck of the company.

      • andhavarapu

        I disagree because after like 2 years of nokia and WP7 we just have a few Nokia apps to show of 'diversity'. Even stock android can have those 2 apps just fine.

      • MicroNix

        Because none of their WP phones look the same, right? Wha?

      • Tomi Golob

        In the first part of your post i understood what you meant even though i disagree. But the last part made me think you're jusy a butt hurt fanboy. That typical passive-aggressive "jelousy" remark betrayed your apparent objectivity. Sad...

      • Dean Politis

        "
        The permissions they have to change key aspects of the Windows Phone OS means they can diversify their devices," This comment is so laughable. In Android, you don't need permission. You can just do it. It is open source. No permissions needed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I was thinking that too, because of Nokia's history in the cell phone business and because of their many modern handsets including the Nokia 808 which had an amazing 41MP camera which can take some pretty detailed shots.

      I am disappointed that the current CEO is more obsessed with Microsoft than Gabe Newell and I hope that he does look into Android handsets as I bet they would cause a storm in the cell phone industry.

      • Kenny O

        Not a fan of a 41MP camera.....complete, utter overkill IMO. On a niche device, ok fine, maybe there are handful (are there even a handful??) of people that would want that.......but not on a Nexus.

        • Tim

          At that point, it's a camera with a smartphone attached, not the other way around.

        • Elias

          It's actually replacing optical zoom in smartphones, because optical zoom isn't feasible. Optical zoom is very useful, thus, a phone with 41mp is also very useful.

        • Elias

          It's actually replacing optical zoom in smartphones, because optical zoom isn't feasible. Optical zoom is very useful, thus, a phone with 41mp is also very useful.

        • Elias

          It's actually replacing optical zoom in smartphones, because optical zoom isn't feasible. Optical zoom is very useful, thus, a phone with 41mp is also very useful.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          I agree that a 41MP camera isn't really Nexus-worthy, but it does showcase what Nokia can do as an OEM.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      This. I would drop this Samsung in a heartbeat for a Nokia Nexus.

  • Joe Dougherty

    Whoever makes it, they need to have some external storage. That's what I don't like about the current Nexus available on the play store. 16 GB of internal storage just won't cut it for me.

    • ChavaM

      Not gonna happen. If microsd is that important, you'll have to look elsewhere. The next Nexus could be 32gb, but they won't have external anymore.

    • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

      I agree with you completely. Google is DEAD WRONG with it's rejection of external storage on nexus devices. If the world made sense, and unlimited data plans were getting cheaper, faster, and better as a function of time I could see what Google is doing. But that's not happening. Unlimited data is becoming more expensive or disappearing altogether.

      Google either needs to change their device policy or start throwing around some of it's muscle to get us cheep, fast, quality unlimited data (so that streaming *everything* from the cloud is a viable option).

      • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

        That's not why Google won't have external storage on a nexus device...

        • http://www.facebook.com/TyDyMiler TyDy Miler

          Before I go down the rabbit hole of Google searching, why HAS Google decided to not have external storage on Nexus devices?

          • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

            Because OEMs were only offering a bunch of storage (via external) for media, while the internal storage, that hosts the majority of apps (even with 'move to SD'), remained relatively small. Here is the link to Dan Morril's comment on the matter:
            http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/mg14z/whoa_whoa_ics_doesnt_support_usb_mass_storage/

          • Elias

            Not true. Most heavy apps save their data to sd. Google has excluded external storage just to make android easier to deal with, so it's quicker to save/find stuff if you don't have to choose where it should be.

          • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

            It is true, but I suppose you know more than the Google employees making these decisions... did you even read the linked thread that explains it? Yes, part of it is making Android easier to deal with and part of it has to do with people running out of space for apps. While lots of data for large apps can be stored on SD...they were still running out of storage.

          • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

            It is true, but I suppose you know more than the Google employees making these decisions... did you even read the linked thread that explains it? Yes, part of it is making Android easier to deal with and part of it has to do with people running out of space for apps. While lots of data for large apps can be stored on SD...they were still running out of storage.

          • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

            It is true, but I suppose you know more than the Google employees making these decisions... did you even read the linked thread that explains it? Yes, part of it is making Android easier to deal with and part of it has to do with people running out of space for apps. While lots of data for large apps can be stored on SD...they were still running out of storage.

          • Elias

            Not true. Most heavy apps save their data to sd. Google has excluded external storage just to make android easier to deal with, so it's quicker to save/find stuff if you don't have to choose where it should be.

          • Elias

            Not true. Most heavy apps save their data to sd. Google has excluded external storage just to make android easier to deal with, so it's quicker to save/find stuff if you don't have to choose where it should be.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I wouldn't need a MicroSD if the official Google unlocked Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store offered 32/64GB rather than the measly 16GB.

      Hence I stick with my Galaxy S II, which is 16GB but has a 32GB Class 10 MicroSD as well for a grand total of 48GB. Which is more than enough for my songs, files, pictures, apps, games...

      • fixxmyhead

        same setup here. my wife has the galaxy nexus and i have the choice to switch but i go with my s2. love that phone

      • ElfirBFG

        16+32 is perfect for me as well. I could use more than that, but I don't need more than that.

    • Randall Walsh

      Yea, 16 GB is not enough. If the next Nexus comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and at least an 8mp camera I'll be all over it.

  • Elliot Powell

    I think LG Makes Well designed and solid phones they just suck on the software support side of things, that being said if LG Manufactured the next Nexus they might take a cue from that and actually be a rival to HTC and Samsung in the Android market with their other phones

  • Jörgen Pettersson

    I hope it will be Sony.

  • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

    Right now my first choice would be Sony, their latest Xperia line-up is performing very well. As runner-up I'd place Huawei: if not this year, they'd be perfect next year.

    • N2Fracture

      What a coup it would be fore Huawei to produce a Nexus phone. Could there be any better way to break into the North American market?

  • Glash

    Well to be honest I would like it to be Apple... But only for the manufacturing... if we are talking about a perfect world

    • djembeman

      Haha!!! Apple hardware, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? Hah!

    • miso_sori

      You do realize Samsung produces the parts for almost 70% of the iPhone right?

  • Hasan

    h i t p w i w b A m t t N

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694276815 Tim Marshall

    I think the one X is a return to classy phones for HTC and it should be rewarded but I fear that behind the scenes its a shady deal with samsung and will be again simply to appease them and ensure that they dont create their own fork of Android and leave google behind!

  • TareX

    Considering the great job HTC did with the One X's screen, I voted HTC... also, their sound is miles better than the Galaxy's.... ditto for Asus. In a perfect world though, I'd vote for Apple.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      that's not true, the Galaxy S III has superior sound and volume to the One X.

      • squiddy20

        Unless you can provide cold hard facts to back that up, your statement is nothing more than opinion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        And the Galaxy S had a good sound too because of its Wolfson soundchip!

  • Piotr Zaborski

    In a perfect world? Nokia.

  • Martin

    Nexus One is the best nexus phone ever, so.. give em 2nd chance :)
    Samsung are making good phones, but 3 in a raw would b e unfair to other.

    • MicroNix

      Yes, but Samsung is far ahead of anyone else in Android sales. There's a reason.

  • http://twitter.com/processguru Ben Humphry

    in a perfect world, Apple would make it.

    • ChavaM

      iNexus :)

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    I've been hoping for a Motorola Nexus for a long time. A nexus from the Droid (no X, Razr, HD, Pro, or any other modifier) legacy. Something with a physical keyboard. I know that's blasphemy today, but it was just as easy for me to compose a comment or email on my Droid 3 as it was on my laptop. God I miss that phone. An unlocked one with pure google would be amazing.

  • Affan

    Sd cards will never be a part of a Nexus device. This is something Google has made standard since the first Nexus phone and continues with the Nexus tablet. They are pushing cloud storage which is, essentially, the next format for all storage... A movement away from physical storage.

  • liveoutloud91

    I think Google needs to do all it can to separate itself from Samsung, possibly which is buried in red tape right now.

  • Taye

    I wish the next Nexus phone was a Padfone like the Asus one. This creation was definitely ahead of its time. I can see this being huge in the enterprise realm as well. One data plan, one OS that seamlessly transitions from phone to tablet, I really just find it hard to understand why this idea didn't gain traction with everyone. I mean, I know the carriers see it as a bad thing because it will hurt the amount of data plans they and therefore their profits, but I don't understand why the masses such as all the tech sites give more press to things such as the Nexus Q, versus the Padfone idea. Maybe its just me and I except that.

    • MicroNix

      Well I think you hit the nail on the head and answered your own question.

      "I mean, I know the carriers see it as a bad thing because it will hurt the amount of data plans they and therefore their profits"

      If the carrier doesn't push it, it doesn't sell. If it doesn't sell, it quietly goes away. Look at WP.

      If for one love Asus. My OG Transformer gets updates all the time and very timely at that. Not the case with my POS Motorola D3...

    • jordanjay29

      ASUS is really driving some of the cutting edge innovation in the Android tablet-sphere, and their attempt to bridge the phone and tablet markets is really genius. Sadly, I think you're right, they're not likely to get recognized for it and it'll probably be a one-off device. Still, at least they're trying to be unique and not just trying to one-up Apple.

  • Laborin_HK

    Well, I personally think that HTC make some nice phones. Having owned a Nexus one (that still works flawlessly), I would say they are a good choice; their one series are beautiful.

    However, I think Samsung will probably get it since they have access to manufacturing processes...

  • http://twitter.com/realnudel Meowski Catovitch

    I vote "All of the above.".

    i.e. Everyone makes pure Android devices and leaves out the crapware. If people want add-on or alternative software, they can add it after purchase.

    • Kenny O

      I'm voting you for best name.

    • Tomi Golob

      Your name is meowsum (get it? Meow...awesome...meowsum) yes my jokes suck.

      • Gabriel de Aguiar Féo

        I disagree. Thumbs up!

        • Tomi Golob

          :))) thanks...though the majority is 50/50 on that heheh

    • Dogo Barkovitch

      Can I chase you around the block?

    • Dogo Barkovitch

      Can I chase you around the block?

    • József Király

      That wouldn't work. With no real innovations built into devices today, the only distinguishable feature of every smartphone is the UI. Of course, many leave it untouched, or just add a tiny little bit functionality to it (I liked what Asus did on their TF101 ICS builds, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 look was amazing), but a lot of people buy HTC just because of the Sense UI, because they are used to it, and it makes usage easier.

      Do not forget, while we are "hardcore" Android users, the most of the buyers will just get the phone to check their e-mails, call and text, and such small things. Their primary goal isn't development or modding, but to have a smooth device what is always available, and is without any quirks or problems. HTC nailed it, well, Samsung didn't so much.

      This is why the Nexus models are special. They are modder phones, with pure AOSP software, not made for the everyday user, but US, modders, developers, and so on. If the John of the street goes into a carrier's store, they won't spot the Nexus device first, but the more user-friendly HTC, Samsung or Sony ones, what might cost more, and have less hardware features, but score with an optimized UI and better performance for daily use. And this is what the people mostly need, not mod-ability.

  • RealityCheck2013

    SONY :P

  • Gav456

    Torn between Motorola and HTC, Motorola because you can't get closer to a pure Google nexus than that. But I love HTC hardware, and sense stinks! Both are notoriously difficult to root, but not as a nexus. Personally this year it won't make a difference, but next year my contract is up and I'm going nexus and don't care who makes it

  • Daniel Murphy

    motorola preferably, i would love to see them come out with something competitive again, something like the razr maxx but with a larger screen and even bigger battery (3500mah would kick arse).

    Though as someone else said, a Sony device would be cool too.

    While HTC and Samsung have the best chance due to being a bit ahead hardware wise i wouldnt think they are going to get the contract, they had there handouts.

  • compupolis

    The Asus Transformer tablets are pretty good, and the Nexus 7 tablet is decent. I know one person with an iPhone 4S that pre-ordered a Nexus 7 and then said it was "awesome" when he got it (although that may be more the software than the hardware). So Asus with the Transformer tablets and the PadFone has some pretty good ideas. So I wouldn't mind if the next Nexus phone was an Asus phone. If not Asus, then maybe Samsung but it has to have a better camera.

  • Mick Galt

    I would be happy with Samsung HTC or Asus

    As other mentioned it needs an microSD slot, or massive internal memory

    my last 2 phones were Sony and both lasted only a year.. so not them IMHO
    and not LG, 98% of us agree on that, and the other 2% probable hit the wrong button. and;
    it won't be Motorola, Google wont want to look like they are playing favourites just yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    To be honest I am not too fussed with the hardware manufacturer because they would have to stick to Google's design specification anyway, although they do leave their unique design traits on each device.

    However, I would like ASUS to make a 5-inch Nexus phablet similar to the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note. And that is why I did vote ASUS, failing that I don't mind if LG/HTC made the next Nexus either.

  • Jon

    Hey, Samsung did a kickass job with the GNexus. Plus they might be able to make the next phone quad core. Whether or not American providers will let that happen is up in the air.

    • MicroNix

      Something like the S3 developer edition would make a fantastic Nexus.

  • bedwa

    I know its a pipe dream, but I voted for Motorola, and here's why....

    Google has already mentioned their love for the OMAP platform. Motorola is the master of OMAP. They use them almost exclusively. Plus, wouldn't it be nice to have a GOOD developable device from Moto that isn't a tablet?

    • MicroNix

      I used to think Moto hardware was the best. Then on my D1 the digitizer failed at 1 year and 1 month. The headphone jack failed at two months. On my D3 the headphone jack is slowly going after a year.

      It has been said that the OMAP processor and how TI implemented it is the reason why the D3 can't be upgraded to ICS. There was a pretty good explanation of it posted from an ICS dev.

      I'm going with Samsung and their processors FTW. Bring on a quad core Samsung Nexus only with the camera that's in the S3. Do it. Do it now.

    • Jay T

      I think it'd be great for Google to take advantage of the fact that they ARE now Motorola. People might complain a bit about leaving other manufacturers out in the cold, but as long as G provides the PDK to everyone they'll be all right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    Sony! I can't believe they didn't even make it into your poll =/

    • 4beaches

      Unfortunately Sony does not do stock anything. They would never allow a pure install of android without their own Sony bling

  • http://profiles.google.com/archie7353 Matthew Morrison

    HTC the Nexus one was a classic, and the build quality of the One S,X with pure Google would be fantastic.

  • jeh

    slow news day? I don't think there is any chance of there being a new nexus phone this year.

  • Daniel

    asus is making the best tablets out there if they put that into a phone and beef it up it could be epic

  • ericdet

    Samsung is the most transparent in their stance on locking bootloaders... They also release source faster...Theyre practices line up better with googles mindset for Android... I shiver at the thought of LG making the next Nexus. Samsung Asus Sony in that order.

    • Leonid

      bootloaders and source are irrelevant in case of the Nexus devices -- the bootloaders are always unlockable and kernel is, I think, available from day 1.

  • http://twitter.com/Munszu Munszu

    Sony, obviously...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    One thing is for sure, Google is not going back to LCD screens. All Nexus phones have used AMOLED, aslo they will change the chipset maker. They haved used Qualcomm, Samsung Humming bird and TI OMAP. The chipset I can see them using is NVIDIA but NVIDIA has gotten some luck with it being in the Moto Xoom and Nexus 7. The only chipset maker that comes to mind is "INTEL" but seriously who want to work with x86...ARM chips is where its at.

  • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron Echols

    I would like to see Google themselves take the reigns.

    I believe the next nexus will be a multi-tiered approach through multiple manufacturers. I think their goal may be to diversify their portfolio.

    Nexus 10 would be something I'm waiting for also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gryphkid44 John Desrochers

    I'd love to see Motorola hardware with completely unlocked software. I have always liked Motorola phones, mostly before smartphones, but the OG Droid was great too. Their policy of locking down phones and the lack of developer support that comes with that is why I switched to the Galaxy Nexus and I am very happy with that decision but I think a Motorola Nexus would get me back.

  • sgtguthrie

    Motorola radios in an unlockable nexus device FTW!

  • ridhuan naim

    I prefer Sony

  • AndyTheAppleEater

    In a perfect world, Apple should be a manufacturer for the next Android.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Ideally, several manufacturers would create competing Nexus phones, or Nexus versions of existing phones. All that is required is vanilla Android and Google's OK. The first requires LESS development cost than current practice and the second would be greeted with enthusiasm upon request.

  • aiden9

    Trick question! In a perfect wold there would be multiple Nexus models made by a variety of manufacturers. If only one could do it then I guess Sony would be a nice one to see.

  • HO ME

    Def. Samsung. They always produce the finest piece of hardware and are the easiest when it comes to Custom Rom.............+1000 for SS

  • B

    Asus clearly has supply issues (Transformer, Transformer Prime, Nexus 7, etc.)

    • Kenny O

      I think Asus makes some very good looking hardware, build quality is great and generally there designs are innovative. Part of me would love to see what they could do.......but I completely agree with you. Between the supply issues and all of the issues the Prime had at launch (poor Wifi, serial number issue, no GPS). I got the Prime the day it was released, the GPS issue was a non factor for me, but the poor Wifi and general slugglish performance (it would freeze up on me a lot and any web browser I used would fc from time to time) was a let down. I sold it to buy the Nexus 7 - which is as advertised so far. I will say, I do think if they took the Nexus 7 and shrunk it down to phone size, trimmed the bezel (don't mind the bezel on a tab, but wouldn't like it on the phone) and left that textured back - I think that would be a beautiful piece of kit.

  • dunngh

    Picture it. The HTC One neXus

    • Tyler Jones

      Or it could be named the HTC nexus one......

      • jordanjay29

        The Nexus (One) is the historical name of the first Nexus device, which was an HTC phone, released back in 2010. Sorry to burst your bubble there.

        • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

          Pretty sure he knew that...

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502220486 Safwan Chowdhury

      or better yet, the Nexus Note :D

  • Tino Valo

    Motorola would probably make most sense from financial standpoint, since Google nowadays owns Motorola Mobility.

  • PaulAtreides

    I'd like to see a Nexus Alliance between Samsung(they've been on a roll so bring the nature),HTC(hardware design contributions), Asus(mobile to desktop solution), Motorola (bring the battery/radios), Sony (maybe a touch of elegance), and of course Google(stuff it with key lime goodness).

    • PaulAtreides

      I strongly believe Nokia will be around for the fifth Nexus, bet your bottom dollar! Bring your pureview goodness.

      • Tomi Golob

        Oh come on...

        • PaulAtreides

          Lol hey man, just my 3 hours of sleep and numerous shots of vodka affected view.

          • Tomi Golob

            Haha...watch the liver my friend!:))

    • Tomi Golob

      ...and then Princess Buttercup asked the Unicorn if the evil witch Hexarella killed her hero. To that the Unicorn responded "oh no,he is only sleeping and waiting for you to call on his name" but the talking Bunny was worried that the dragon... okay u get my point :)

      • PaulAtreides

        I was thinking more so King Arthur and the Knights of the round table...

        • Tomi Golob

          That too :) btw i wasnt the one who.thumbed down your comment above ...for some reason though,i cant thumb up - it reverts back . I guess it refuses the action:)) we strayed too much off-topic,that's probably why :D

  • http://twitter.com/ElooieIV Edward Lewis

    i'd like to see them do the 5 OEM rumor. Just give each OEM a different screen size and try to use similar chipsets on each size. Also make 4 phones and the Nexus 10.

  • BrianLipp

    Motorola. A RAZR MAXX with a 720p screen, on-screen buttons, and stock JB(or Kwhatever) would be the perfect phone. Maybe tweak the design a little to appease some people, but Moto phones are built to last, and ill take that over the "better designed" Samsung phones any day

  • Tyler Jones

    After owning a transformer pad and nexus 7 I am in love with asus' build quality and design. I think they would make an amazing nexus phone.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    I voted Asus but it would also be nice to have another HTC nexus.

    • Tomi Golob

      But wasn't the HTC Nexus a fiasco? I heard people weren't happy how HTC handled that. Maybe i confused some other phone

  • mduran1023

    I voted for Motorola (think Razr Max Nexus with a better screen, but still water/dust resistant, etc).

    But honestly? Any decent phone with an SLCD2 or IPS screen would work for me. I HATE the AMOLED screen on the current Nexus. Bought it on launch day in the US and the screen has degraded to the point where I have to start playing the replacement game and hope I don't end up with something worse.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Samsung has done good, they have my vote.

    • Adam Honse

      They have my vote, I have their Note.

  • Tyler Jones

    A Nexus Note would be awesome but after the success of the nexus 7 its hard to vote against Asus

    • Kenny O

      If they did release a Nexus "phablet" I would hope that they would release it along side another slightly smaller device. For me, a 5 inch phone is slightly too big and somewhat of overkill since I have the Nexus 7. But I'm all in favor of choices....

  • Kenny O

    I really, really like the looks and feel of the Galaxy Nexus so I'm going with Samsung. I know I'm somewhat in the minority, but I actually like Samsung's use of hard plastics. I really like my phone to be as light as reasonably possible. As far as HTC goes, they are hit or miss to me. I think the Sensation was a great looking phone, but it was too heavy. I feel like when a phone is heavy - like a lot of HTC phone it's actually more fragile in my eyes (strange I know, but that is how I feel). I'm not crazy about the Razor, nor am I big on any of Moto's other offerings. I don't care for LG at all. Asus makes some incredible looking hardware, but are they ready for this?? I have a feeling if that if they can set a fair price on the next Nexus phone, a lot people are ready to go this route. Since I bought the Galaxy Nexus, I am saving $60 a month on my T-mobile bill - I would much rather come out of pocket for the phone in order to save on service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/motomast3r Tautvydas Lagunavicius

    shit happens. no fu***g way, no crappy samsung nexus devices anymore. PLZ HTC Asus or even huawei. :) because better build quality :)

  • MicroNix

    Um, I thought around Thanksgiving that there were going to be *multi*-vendor Nexus phones available on the Play store so everyone had a chance?

  • GilbertP23

    Apple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    In a perfect world all manfacturers would come together and "chip" in for the nexus. Sony's camera, Samsung new exynos 5250 and non pen tile720p Super amoled, HTC build quality, motors radio and "battery ". Also and Asus like docking

    • sebbes

      This

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Motorola = Locked Bootloader

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.mahon Robert Mahon

    STILL find the Nexus One to be one of the better designed devices. Really set the bar for later phones, and the metallic feel is still going strong after all this time.
    The OneS/X's would have been great Nexus phones if not for all that junk layered on top.

  • http://www.facebook.com/velocitycurve C.K. Lee

    Am I allowed to say Apple? Because they make great hardware. Its the OS I don't like.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Yeah, it's great... when you hold it right.

    • Alice

      If they really make good hardware as you said there won't be so many cracked screens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/csoulr666 Ahmad Nadeem

    The next nexus tablet, DEFINITELY ASUS..............the next nexus phone HTC(I hope).....Because HTC incredible designs to make phones awesome

  • Timothy Gelter

    Nokia makes amazing hardware. My vote is for a Nokia nexus phone (and for them to leave Windows phone OS to finish dying off).

  • zerounodos

    I voted Motorola, 'cause it's definitely gonna happen, and in my country it'll be cheaper to get, but my REAL guess is the following:
    There are still 4 nexus devices to be made, so:
    - Samsung releases the Note 2 as a Nexus (Samsung Nexus Note, 5,5" screen )
    - Motorola releases the Nexus Droid (First Nexus with Keyboard)
    - HTC releases a very goodlooking Nexus X or something.
    - Asus releases the Nexus 10, a bigger tablet, for those who need one.

    And that would be a perfect world. Also, the HTC nexus is exchangable with LG, Sony or Huawei, but I think HTC has better chances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    If I had to pick one I word say Sony. They have their own camera(best out of android), their own 720p screen, and beautiful designs and feel.

  • jordanjay29

    I love HTC's phone designs, Samsung's are generally very curvy but lack
    much style. And I can't STAND the power button on the side.

    ASUS might be good, but their two phone designs I've seen don't inspire
    much confidence. They're great and building tablets, so I think they
    were the perfect choice for the Nexus 7 and any other Nexus tablet form
    factor devices.

  • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

    Sony.

  • shmel

    I love Samsung but they need to design better phones that's why I stayed with my s2... Most people are stupid and rather get a good looking phone then a powerful smartphone ...trust me I seen people buy the iPhone over the galaxy s3 just cause it look better.. I have to agree as much as I like galaxy phones the iphone looks nice

    • Droid Tran

      beauty is in the eye of the beholders. Honestly I don't see the beauty in the iPhones at all. Sony xperia lines are nice. Some HTC-designed phones look nice.

  • rockstar323

    I think the reason they talk about 5 different Nexus devices is because they are gong to release a Nexus from Motorola. They probably put the option out there for anyone wanting to make one since they own Moto.

  • Kendrick Vargas

    I don't get the fascination with Samsung. It feels like they make "cheap" hardware. I'm about to return my second Galaxy Nexus because of problems with the screen and I don't get why I'm getting them. Their Galaxy S line may have been a storm of hardware, but I'm not impressed with them in general. At least with Motorola (or someone like Sony), there'd be less push back and more of a focus on hardware quality...

  • Michael

    Not seeing much love for Motorola which is really surprising! Their build quality has always been awesome Razr D1 DX! My droid 1 was almost indestructible! I'd like to see them make the next one!

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    Ugh not Samsung... they fail hard at accessories. Accessories in my opinion are part of the experience.

  • Rtisan

    It would be interesting to see Apple try making an Android phone. If nothing else I might get a good laugh out of it.

  • Pete Teoh

    I think Sony would be great. They have expertise in hardware, especially camera sensors. A Nexus device from them would be great.

  • yimengh

    Samsung should definitely make the next Nexus device. Imagine the Gnex's design with the S3 specs...

  • http://twitter.com/bwarner479 Ben Warner

    Fujitsu should definitely make the next Nexus phone. We need their phones here in the USA!

  • Bojan Gutic

    Sony Ericsson!

  • nsnsmj

    Sony

  • patapongirl

    To me, it really doesn't matter who makes it as long as it's stock android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.hariri Nick Hariri

    Just got my S3 from Atrix 4g and its epic!

  • http://twitter.com/iraqitheboss theboss

    samsung doing a great job .. htc having alot of problems now ..
    but for me i would prefer htc on samsung
    i just love their quality that saumng dont have :S

  • duplissi

    id love to see an xperia nexus

  • Veridor

    I'd like a multi-vendor Nexus: HTC unibody chassis, Samsung Exynos CPU and Super AMOLED+ HD display, and Motorola radios.

  • Doan

    In a perfect world, Google-owned Motorola would manufacture all Nexus devices.

    How can anyone argue that?

  • flosserelli

    In a perfect world...

    The next Nexus would have a Motorola radio, a Maxx or removable battery, and be built as tough as the OG Droid.

  • Imran

    Sony will be good

  • Raoul Hira

    Was hoping Sony would be in the list, since they have taken great strides for android eco system

  • PhilNelwyn

    Other: all of them?

  • warcaster

    Sony?

  • Simon Belmont

    I've owned nothing but HTC Android phones and they've all been great. I'd love to see a new "Nexus One" style phone from HTC as one of the next Nexus line.

    I'm truly considering a Nexus phone for my next upgrade. I just want to have the latest and greatest and the OS support for as long as possible with my next phone.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    Google

  • Niall Mullins

    I vote Sony.

    Their Super LCD 2 displays are arguably the best there is right now, bearing in mind they've ditched Pentile for proper RGB stripe. Throw in the mobile Bravia engine and you're laughing!

    Their new stacked CMOS camera sensor with RGBW coding and HDR movies will surely be king of the hill for quite some time.

    Hopefully, Google would dictate the choice of SoC and stick with TI OMAP. A Quad-core OMAP5 chipset with Cortex A15 CPUs combined with a multi-core PowerVR 5XT series GPU would put it at the bleeding edge of next-gen hardware, and would give the phone a comfortable lead in the performance race.

    My dream recipe...

    Edit: I don't think I'd like the name Xperia Nexus, though. That's my only little gripe about my GNex - I disagree with Samsung naming a Nexus device as if it's a part of their existing series of devices. Nexii should stand apart!

  • gladgura

    And in a imperfect world?

  • James King

    I would definitely buy a Xperia Nexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1428936710 Steve Mancia

    I like the the feel of the motorola phones compared to the samsung plastic.

  • TechGuy21

    pick Asus. but Sammy should go for another round.

  • ElfirBFG

    ASUS. 64GB internal. 2GB DDR3. 1.7GHz Tegra3. HDMI out. NFC. Retina scanner. I'm sold.

  • Tyler Chappell

    HTC. There were just too many mediocre little annoyances about the GNex that made it underwhelming. The poor battery life of the LTE versions, the subpar camera, and the cheap plasticky feel and the super thin battery door in which the tabs can break or bend. HTC just builds more sold-feeling phones.

  • Randall Walsh

    Anyone other than HTC. Im done with them.

  • chris125

    Any of these. All make good hardware its the software they seem to mess up.

  • http://www.youtube.com/emceegeek ※ TYL3R ※

    I shouldn't have left HTC. Go back with them!

  • zrgiu

    No matter what we choose, it's probably going to be Motorola. They were acquired by Google after all...

  • Alice

    In a perfect world I hope HTC could do it again since my N1 is still alive and kicking but realistically Motorola or Sony make good phones too. Samsung hardware feels cheap IMO. Anyway I need SD card slot (& removable battery) or I won't be buying.

  • Alice

    In a perfect world I hope HTC could do it again since my N1 is still alive and kicking but realistically Motorola or Sony make good phones too. Samsung hardware feels cheap IMO. Anyway I need SD card slot (& removable battery) or I won't be buying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511305563 Marcus Tillman

    I would love to see Google take Motorola and make the hardware specifically for their software.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taylor.labrier Taylor LaBrier

    I find it kind of funny that "Other" has more voted than LG...

  • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

    I picked moto there phones feel really solid and work great the galaxy nexus is the only nun moto phone I've ever owned that has android other than the iphone.

  • gltovar

    I really wish the micro hdmi and micro usb were just standard android practices, which is why i vote motorola.... but i really wish they unlocked their boot loaders

  • Xeltos

    Sony and HTC make phones which look beautiful.
    HTC One V is the best looking phone in the market. Better even than iPhone.
    Ironically Sony lacks in power. They are the last one to dual core arena. And now last to Quad as well.Also their single core phones are costlier than the far superior Duel core from other manufacturers. I still remember that Experia arc costed more than GS2.Sammy has raw power powering their phones. Only if can they get the styling right. They will be unstoppable.

    • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

      Cost? Sony Xperia U is actually the only dual-core smartphone you can buy for under €200! And they're ready to join the quad-core family with the rumored Xperia Z, with high-end features that may well fit a 2012 Nexus phone.

  • Azi Anzari

    none of these, nexus should be pure google

  • rajitsingh

    Nexus devices usually follow the hardware specs of the current leading Android set. considering that, it could be either HTC or Samsung with specs like the One X or the SIII.

    Personally, I would like to see HTC be the one. Pure google experience on a device with a design like One X would be just too good. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Taskman

    Anyone would really work.
    Only thing is that it has to have removable battery.

    HTC build quality and Samsungs hardware(Nokia Camera) is what I want in my next Nexus :)

    SD slot will not be in it as Google have already stated they do not want this for obvious reasons.

  • http://www.247smartphone.com/ Flavio

    You can see this blog is read by Americans by the votes Motorola has received. If it were a European blog Moto would have been even below LG!

  • 4beaches

    Now that Google owns Motorola, I would like to see what is possible. I have never owned a Motorola device and now might be a good time to try

  • Sqube

    I'm actually surprised by all the votes for Samsung. They're the top dogs in the field now, which means they're not going to be willing to go the extra mile, hardware-wise. In addition, in terms of feel in the hand, they're the worst.

    HTC and Motorola both make stuff with better design materials, a better look, and a better feel in the hand.

  • John Petersen

    I'd love multiple options, but my vote goes to Asus. They really seem to "get" the philosophy behind Nexus. They've been building quality hardware for years, and I see no reason why they could not extend their tablet expertise into a stunning Nexus smartphone.

  • glitchsys

    Sony has a good design and I absolutely love that they contribute the most to the AOSP project and they've helped the Cyanogenmod team out so extensively. They're actively supporting the development and hacking community. Combine that with good camera lenses/sensors and nice designs and all they need to do is move a little faster with the latest CPU's and such. But with Google's help they could do that. I really don't see why Sony wasn't listed as an option. I guess Sony's mobile phone division is far enough removed from their parent HQ's policies that I like them. Sony overall is evil but their mobile phone division is cool and they should get the next Nexus.

  • Tomi Golob

    I am here just to read the comments :)) also: Samsung...GNexus is simply gorgeous in design/form factor. They won my vote with that

  • onpoint G

    I would like to see HTC make the next one didn't samsung make like 10 already (its a joke ladies and fellas) bring a new style to the table

  • Alienogh

    apple,lol

  • Alienogh

    apple,lol

  • Knlegend1

    I would love to see Motorola because this would help them at making better none Nexus devices. I could be wrong but I think we already got our new Nexus device this year in the Nexus 7 and Q. Although Verizon has marked the Galaxy Nexus down to $99 meaning it could be on the way out. We all know that Verizon don't hold the cards though so whatever.

  • Knlegend1

    I would love to see Motorola because this would help them at making better none Nexus devices. I could be wrong but I think we already got our new Nexus device this year in the Nexus 7 and Q. Although Verizon has marked the Galaxy Nexus down to $99 meaning it could be on the way out. We all know that Verizon don't hold the cards though so whatever.

  • TheKockyRooster

    EVERYBODY... what are your speculations on timeline. They always release around Christmas. Do you think they will this year???

  • TheKockyRooster

    EVERYBODY... what are your speculations on timeline. They always release around Christmas. Do you think they will this year???

  • Patrick O’Reilly

    Canonical, I'm looking forward to the first device with Ubuntu for Android

  • Deltaechoe

    I think motorola honestly would be a good choice for the next nexus. The things that I particularly like about moto are the build quality and the radio quality. Now if they could get around the god awful displays that they normally use and get one like the one x has, I would be pretty happy and would fully be behind the vote i just made

  • Southrncomfortjm

    I'd really like to see Motorola make the next Nexus as long as they unlock the bootloader, which I and everyone else believes is essential for a Nexus. I'd really like to see a RAZR MAXX like phone with that crazy battery life, non-pentile 720p display (1080p is overkill) and all the other great stuff *without* skinning Jellybean or Key Lime Pie. Mostly stock Android is the way to go!
    Its a tie between HTC and Samsung for second. I really like what HTC does with design, though that design comes at the price of a replaceable battery. Samsung makes high powered phones, but I don't want all the Nexus action going to their heads in terms of quality.
    Really though, are all the handset makers really that interested in the next Nexus? How well do they sell? I assume they don't make as much money on a Nexus as say the Galaxy SIII because they can't cram it full of bloatware, though they do save money on skinning Android.

  • mumu

    IN a perfect world? If there will be justice, and a judge will rule it - APPLE should build the next Nexus phone :)))))

  • mumu

    IN a perfect world? If there will be justice, and a judge will rule it - APPLE should build the next Nexus phone :)))))

  • Aceofheartless

    Casio :) I want a rugged android phone with good software. Dare to dream, eh? :)

  • JG

    The last rumors I heard on the Nexus phone line was that Google was looking into tapping several (all?) OEMs to produce a fleet of Nexus devices, instead of just one... Then HTC, Moto, Sammy, etc would all have their own Nexus phone. Did I miss the "we're not doing this anymore" memo? I think it might be cool to have multiple different Nexus phones. That's one of Androids big points - that no one phone is right for everyone... So why should we be locked into just 1 Nexus?

    I'd love for Google & whomever(s) to work on designing a phone that sets the bar high for all other phones to strive for... I want a Nexus that's desired for more than just "You'll get updates 0-day & there's no bloatware"... 2+GB of RAM, quad core 2.4GHz processor, 32+GB internal storage and a 64GB SD card, NFC, a 4.5inch better than retina display screen that can be seen in sun light, removable 5400+ mAh battery would be a good starting point.

    And please, I know Verizon can be dicks sometime.... But please release a variant for Big Red (that'll get updates along with the GSM version)... I don't want to have to switch carriers & lose my unlimited data & access to (in my area at least) the best network....

  • JJ830131

    An Motorola Nexus Maxx with über battery...my dream coming thrue.

  • Jesse

    As long as it's not made by LG I'll be happy.

  • neowiz73

    Asus would be nice to see make a Nexus phone. the Nexus 7 has been very nice. would love to see an upgraded Nvidia chip with a quad core processor and dual core graphics processor. But I would settle for a Motorola Nexus or Galaxy Nexus 2, this time with RGB matrix and their new amoled tech with the 350ppi display and 8 to 10 mp camera at least.

  • Steve Jobs

    Perfect world...how about Apple??

  • someone755

    Perfect world. WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Why Sammy? Just, why? They already have 3 devices in the Nexus line, why more?
    I'd like to see Motorola or Sony do it. Maybe HTC, so that Google can force them to be more dev-friendly...

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