As I stated above we did not have the ability to verify the information and relied on Android and Me's reputation as a credible source of news. For this reason, I added this disclaimer to this article to ensure that readers knew that, like many other reputable Android news websites we were reporting on "facts" which were included in Android and Me's original story. While the original article was based on a rumor, I believe that there were parts of the story which coincided with other information and speculation which had been in the Android ecosystem for months.
According to a recent report on the website Android and Me, Google is going to host an event with LG
The site goes further and talks about significant changes to the Google Nexus Program. Depending on the individual Android enthusiast, some are going to love the new Nexus program and Android purists are probably going to hate or at the very least have serious questions about implementation.
Currently, the Nexus program includes one Nexus device, released to coincide with an upgrade to the Android OS, made by a manufacturer chosen by Google. The device is able to be unlocked and has the latest AOSP version OS running on the smartphone. The Nexus devices should be the first to receive updates when a new version of Android OS comes out as long as the hardware can handle the new OS.
While the rumor regarding OEM skins, which was reported by Android and Me, was fake, it does raise an interesting question - should Google allow manufacturers to offer the abilty to theme a Nexus using skins. Could this endevour offer the best of both worlds for a wide range of Android enthuiest? Is giving Android enthuiests a choice between stock OS and themed OS really a bad idea? Personally, I would like to have a choice and have the ability to switch between stock OS and HTC Sense or another OEM skin at my discretion. Maybe Google will look at incorporating this feature into a future build of the OS.
The rumor goes further and states that Google will require 64MB of secure memory for media streaming and the device must meet the hardware requirements set forth by Google.
What has really piqued my interest in the next Nexus is the continuing rumors that there will be more than one device. I believe this is the best direction for Google moving forward. One of the greatest selling points for Android is choice. Unlike the iPhone, Android enthusiasts have varied options when choosing an Android Smartphone. It would be nice to choose my next Nexus device based on hardware options and/or past history with the manufacturer. What maybe a necessary hardware option for me may not be as much of priority for someone else. So by giving multiple choices, there should, in theory be something for everyone.
The first concept device which comes to mind and would interest me is a Motorola Nexus RAZR. Motorola has always been known for its quality hardware and every Motorola device I have ever owned has provided a positive user experience. While Motorola is has not been one of the top manufacturers named in rumors on this subject, I am holding out hope that they will produce a Nexus
What are your thoughts? Is the new (rumored) Nexus direction one worth going, or is Google opening up the floodgates for OEMs to destroy the Nexus program?