After Google announced their acquisition of Motorola Mobility, many believed Google would forgo their other OEM partners and work exclusively with Motorola on future Android smartphones. Despite the announcement mentioning Motorola would be ran as a separate business and Android would remain open, it took a statement from Andy Rubin to clear the air regarding upcoming Nexus devices.
The first Nexus One was created by HTC in conjunction with Google and the Nexus S was created by Samsung, again in conjunction with Google. A bid takes place to decide which OEM will partner with Google to closely develop the upcoming pure Google experience Nexus smartphone. Therefore, Motorola will not automatically become the OEM for future Nexus devices simply because Google now owns the company. Unfortunately, we still don’t know who the manufacturer is for the rumored upcoming Nexus Prime, but we still have a few months before the Holidays hit.
Andy Rubin’s statement can be read here:
We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.
What we do is that we select each — around Christmastime of each year — we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.
Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts — they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.
We don’t expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.