Motorola will not automatic first choice to manufacture Nexus branded phones on Google’s behalf, in the wake of a landmark, $12.5 billion deal that will see the search giant buy the US-based phone maker
The first two Nexus phones were built by HTC and Samsung respectively. Switching between manufacturers is part of a deliberate strategy whereby partners compete for the right to build the handsets, as well as the obvious benefits of working closely with Google.
This approach looked to be in jeopardy yesterday when Google announced plans to acquire Motorola. The deal, which is due to be complete before the end of the year, means Google could effectively manufacture its own handsets.
However, in a conference call to investors, Google reportedly disclosed that Motorola will still have to compete with rivals for the role of manufacturing partner for future Nexus kits.
Google’s move is being interpreted as something of an olive branch to the likes of LG, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and HTC whose Android phones have helped make Google’s platform number one in the US by market share.
The third Nexus phone, variously informally dubbed the Nexus 3 and the Nexus Prime, is expected towards the end of the year. For the skinny on the as yet unconfirmed device, check out our list of the top 10 Nexus 3 rumours.