The goalposts are moving fast at the moment, the latest rumours now indicate that ASUS are still in the game but so are many others! We are now expecting five Nexus devices to appear and it looks as though Google will be doing the selling via its Play Store. Now this is all very interesting on several fronts:
- Google is going to start selling devices again, now Motorola is a member of house Google they might feel that its time to bring control of devices, specs, Android rolloouts, UI overlays etc in-house and allow Android to run as it was meant to.
- Is this the beginning of the end of cheap smartphones. On the cards for a while now with some carriers voicing the way the system works and customers expecting the latest and greatest every 24 months for next to nothing. What with Apple now also taking a bite out of the carriers on pricing its maybe time to rethink this madness and buy an off-the-shelf device from Google and then go tariff shopping after the event.
- We are all still friends! The Google Motorola purchase hasn’t alienated any of the brotherhood of Android and the likes of ASUS and also rumoured Nexus champion Samsung are still welcome to the Nexus party.
The next question is what devices will we see? The blogs are all talking smartphones but I think we will see the fabled ASUS/Google tablet appear as well under the Nexus name and maybe something in the tablet form from Samsung as well……roll on Google IO.