At an event in New York earlier this month to an unveil its upcoming Moto X, Motorola head product guy Rick Osterloh made it clear that the company’s first phone fully designed and delivered as a Google subsidiary was not a Nexus phone. In fact, it doesn’t even ship with the latest version of Android. But apparently, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a Nexus in the works.
Android blogger Taylor Wimberly, whose sources delivered a lot of accurate information before the Moto X event, recently reported that Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in the final quarter of this year.
When Google purchased Motorola, it was reported that the device-maker’s operations would remain largely independent, and that contracts to make Nexus devices would still be open to competition from all comers. No nepotism for Moto, we were told.
And yet we all (or at least I) suspected that this day would inevitably come. Why wouldn’t Google want an Android reference model phone to be made in-house (or at least in a relative’s house, if you believe the talk of Moto’s inde… [Read more]
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