We’ve recently received a tip from someone who works at Google that the next Nexus smartphone could be made by Motorola. To be honest, I didn’t think much of it at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I realize that it makes a lot of sense.

Of course, publicly, Google has stated that they “don’t like to play favorites”, meaning they don’t favor one manufacture over the other. This explains why they radically jumped from HTC to Samsung for their second Nexus device. If they continued on this path, they could either switch to Sony, LG, or Motorola. Out of this list, Motorola seems the most likely candidate.

As we have stated before, 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for Motorola. With their introduction of the Motorola Atrix, the DROID Bionic, and their great tablet, the Motorola XOOM, Motorola really seems to be one of the most proactive OEMs in the Android space. This is why competition is such a wonderful thing. Instead of staying exclusive to Texas Instruments and losing the dual-core race, they opted for Tegra hardware to power the Xoom, Bionic, and Atrix. While other OEMs will be left behind while they stay exclusive to certain hardware manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and other, Motorola has shifted its hardware loyalties recently. Really, the Xoom could be considered a “Nexus Tablet” in some sense, as it will be the first to receive Google’s Android Honeycomb treatment. Google has stated publicly, and many times at that, that the Xoom was the lead development platform for Honeycomb. The hardware within it, the Tegra 2, has also become the reference hardware going forward. Conversely, Motorola has stated that Honeycomb on the Xoom will not be customized in any way, which is in tune with their PR mantra that the Nexus is a “Pure Google Experience”. Still, Honeycomb was developed on the Xoom which would in theory make it a “Nexus Tablet”. To make matters of speculation even more solid, a Google Engineer at CES stated that Honeycomb is definitely the future for Android on smartphones. Therefore, it’s not unlikely that the next Nexus will use Tegra 2 and be built and created by Motorola, would it?

Google has created, and will continue to create, Nexus devices for developers to show off their latest software enhancements.For example,  Gingerbread enables the use of NFC technology, so a phone was released showcasing this specific technology. It’s no doubt that all of these incredibly powerful Tegra 2 devices will certainly be able to run Honeycomb or its smartphone equivalent, with a version optimized for smartphones. While the Atrix and Bionic are using Motoblur, the LG Optimus 2X is using LG’s custom UI. It’s unfortunate, but none of them will really be able showcase the next evolution of Android on their smartphones to its fullest potential. And, as history has demonstrated, Manufacturers have been quite slow to update their phones with the latest iteration of Android, while the Nexus series of phones have always been the first to receive timely updates straight from the big G. Therefore, since Google has stated the next iteration of Android will be based on Honeycomb, we can likely expect that they will be the first to release a smartphone for it. We at the Android Phone think Google will use Motorola to create and produce their latest piece of hot mobile superphone goodness.

While our source couldn’t give me much in the way of specifics on what to expect for the next Nexus smartphone, we do have good reason to believe it will be Motorola who produces it. It is too early to tell, and there’s very little (if anything at all) to tell if this will be the case. However, it does seem likely that Motorola could produce the next Nexus device. As always, we will work hard to keep you updated on the latest and greatest news on everything related to Android. We are extremely keen to find out more about the alleged Motorola Nexus.

What are your thoughts? Does 2011 belong to Motorola? Will Motorola create the next Nexus? LG? Sony? Perhaps this might conflict with their love of the dreaded “locked bootloader”, and perhaps they may be pressured to mend their seriously flawed ways and open up their devices going forward. Stay tuned!

Via: the Android Phone

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.