Samsung’s market share may persuade Google to stay with Samsung for next Nexus phone.
Samsung produced the Galaxy Nexus as the current Google Nexus device and it has been a popular one. As a result, some were expecting Samsung to possibly produce the next Nexus phone for Google. Others believe that Motorola Mobility would be producing the Nexus because of its purchase by Google, though there are still some regulatory issues to resolve in some countries. All of this is ongoing speculation as to who will get the award to manufacture the Nexus for Google. The latest rumors, care of DigiTimes have Samsung getting that honor based on unnamed sources.
Since Samsung has become the top vendor of Android smartphones, Google will continue to have Samsung develop its next-generation Nexus models, leveraging Samsung’s innovation ability with regard to the Android platform, and its ability to control the supply of key components, said sources.
If you consider the success of the Galaxy Nexus, it does make sense for Samsung to produce the next one in this popular line. They have produced the last two versions of the Nexus phone and a third would not be a problem for Samsung. And, we can expect that it will come with Jelly Bean pre-installed on the device. If we assume that this rumor from DigiTimes is accurate, then the obvious question is when will Jelly Bean be ready for prime time. That may determine the features which could be included in a coming Nexus phone this year. More than likely, this will end up being a 4th quarter arrival of the phone.
With Google I/O happening in June, we are going to be hearing more about Jelly Bean and when it might be made available. For Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus was the first device to arrive with the Android 4.0 OS. More than likely, the coming Samsung Nexus phone will arrive as the first device to have Android 5.0 installed on it. The exception to that could be the Google Nexus tablet which has been rumored to be coming. This rumored 7 inch tablet will complete directly against the Amazon Kindle Fire with a lower price.
With the popularity of the Nexus smart phones, the next one is assured to be a success.