Nexus 7 4G LTE and new Nexus-branded smartphones – Samsung, Sony, LG – coming to Verizon soon?

by: Chris SmithSeptember 6, 2012

September is a very busy month when it comes to media events announcing new products targeting the Christmas shopping season but also when it comes to rumors related to upcoming devices.

With that in mind, we’ll remind you that Motorola and Google held yesterday their first joint media event since the extraordinarily expensive $12.5 billion buyout was completed to announced a variety of RAZR-branded devices, but no Nexus device, as some people may have hoped for – it’s worth mentioning there were no pre-event rumors pointing to such a handset, but one can always hope. Another Motorola presser will follow on September 18, although we don’t expect any Nexus device to be unveiled during it.

Google made it clear, time and time again, that it will not favor Motorola in any way now that the company has become one of its subsidiaries, which may mean no Motorola Nexus smartphone or tablet may hit stores any time soon.

But rumors continue to suggest that other OEMs, namely Samsung, Sony and LG, could work on their own Nexus-branded devices. Moreover, a Nexus 7 tablet with wireless connectivity is also expected to hit stores in the following weeks, probably as a direct response to Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire 2 and Apple’s rumored iPad Mini – both of which are expected to sport 3G/4G features.

Should such devices be announced by the end of the year, then Verizon, the nation’s largest mobile operator, will surely want to carry some of them, if not all, so it can convince as many of its subscribers but also other customers to sign up for a 4G LTE device.

Droid-Life has found a Verizon memo that makes reference to Nexus devices, without explicitly mentioning any of them. Here’s what the paragraph that interests us reads:

Effective 9/6, a suite of Amazon apps will come preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices. Note: Google experience devices and tablets are excluded.

What do we learn from it? First, that more crapware will be pre-loaded on future Android devices launched by Verizon – Google must be going bonkers when hearing about this – but, secondly, that Verizon will launch new Nexus-branded devices.

Droid-Life wonders whether the note inside that paragraph refers to existing devices, such as the Motorola Xoom or Galaxy Nexus, that offer a pure Google experience, or whether it refers to upcoming devices.

I believe it’s about future devices, and it’s not just wishful thinking. Let’s read that paragraph again in a more simplified manner: effective 9/6, Amazon crapware will be pre-installed on all “newly launched Android devices,” excluding Google experience devices and tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Motorola Xoom are not “newly launched.” They are very old, in Android years, so the memo can’t refer to them.

Moreover, since the memo has just been issued, it sort of prefaces the upcoming busy season for Verizon. Therefore, it wouldn’t be out of this world to expect a variety of Android devices to launch in time for Christmas, including new Nexus devices. So don’t be surprised if a Galaxy Nexus 2, an Xperia Nexus, an Optimus Nexus or a Nexus 7 4G LTE  make it to Verizon this holiday season.

What’s your take on Verizon’s memo?

  • derekross

    Here’s what I said yesterday on G+ about Droid Life’s Article:

    I doubt this means another Nexus is coming to Verizon. I really, really doubt this. If I’m wrong, I’ll come back to this post in a few months and declare my stupidity.

    Anyways, I’m assuming that the Google Experience devices are the two that Verizon already has. There is no mention of future devices. Remember, both Google Experience devices are still set to received OTA Updates in the form of Jelly Bean in the near future. I’m guessing that this applies to them and only them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I really do hope that +Kellen Barranger is correct. I am a+Verizon Wireless customer. I WANT the next +Nexus. I MUST HAVE the next Nexus. I just think I’ll have to change carriers to get it after the last fiasco.

    • MasterMuffin

      Now, all we have to do is wait here for 2 months for your apologize for your stupidity :DD

    • Honestly I’d have to agree with this assessment. Verizon is all about pushing its Droid line. Now if Motorola were to come out with a Droid Nexus, or Nexus Droid or whatever they want to call it, that’s a different story, but I remain skeptical in Verizon pushing a new Nexus, especially considering that the last go around there was barely a marketing campaign regarding the device.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Google Experience tablet on Verizon? I don’t remember that, unless you mean the Motorola Xoom, which is an unofficial Nexus.


    Whatever nexus devices are released on Verizon, I am waiting a new Galaxy Note 2 simply. That’s all.

    • leoingle


  • A Sony XPeria Nexus would be BEAST! Sony knows how to get the hardware and software to work together, not to mention having access to Sony’s Playstation Network (at least the limited Android version) is the greatest thing I can think of to have with me all times of the day.

    • UltimateEnd

      – though i wouldnt mind it – i dont think it would come with any SONY brandware in it at all.
      example, Galaxy neXus had nothing Samsung installed in it ..just plain ol’ Android OS .

      • Agreed. I think it will have support for SONY software though via an optional download from SONY’s website. It could happen

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        “just plain ol’ Android OS”

        Just the way I like it.

    • leoingle

      I just dont like any mobile device Sony makes at all. They are hideous looking to me.

      • Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. I actually like the Xperia Play and the Xperia S

  • dogulas

    I’m done with Verizon, since they are the worst carrier as far as time to push OTA updates for new Android versions. That one aspect makes them suck the most, despite their unrivaled 4G network.

    • leoingle

      I agree with you 200%

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Me too.

  • dogulas

    In other words, I’m excited that new Nexus devices should be out for the holidays, and I plan to get one. But if there is any other option outside of Verizon, I won’t touch them with a ten foot pole.

    • leoingle

      I’ll venture T-Mo or ATT anyday over Verizon. I cant wait for my contract to be up with them. I have had it with their delayed updates and crap they pull like locking bootloaders when nobody else does.

      • dogulas

        Exactly. They’re going down for their idiocy.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Verizon has great coverage, it’s just that their service is terrible and their prices with the new “Share Everything” cr*p are crazy for individual users.

  • Daris Theerakulpisut

    Where is HTC? I was counting on HTC being one of the manufacturers of the next nexus phone. I hate SS, I don’t want my phone made of plastic (even if it’s polycarbonate, it still looks like cheap plastic). I’m hoping then that the Sony version won’t be too ugly or I’ll have to start considering switching to WP8 (shudders).