Did you think that Taiwanese handset designer HTC would be the only smartphone partner in Google's
The Nexus One kicked off Google's telephony ambitions with a customary launch party. Figuring prominently on that stage was Motorola
The Motorola-made Nexus Two remains a rumor today, based on surreptitious snapshots and screenshots of the device that could very well be Photoshopped fakes. However, it makes too much sense to be idle gossip, and if the Nexus Two isn't a Motorola phone, then the third or fourth version certainly could be.
And Google has plenty of other hardware partners who could fill out the rest of the Nexus handset line -- if Google intends to stick with the Nexus name, that is. The usual suspects include electronics behemoths like Samsung and LG as well as more specialized gadgeteers such as GPS expert Garmin
Google does not want to sell "one Google Phone to rule them all," but wants to provide consumers with a choice of handsets developed by others under the Google brand. It's exactly the opposite of the strategy seen at Apple
The iPhone is a narrowly defined and tightly controlled product, while Google and its many partners are flooding the market with a variety of brands, looks, feels, and design choices.
Of course, Microsoft
Any way you slice it, Google wins. Motorola is just coming along for the ride.
Who do you want to see making official Google phones? (No, I don't think Apple would do it.) Ruminate at will in the comments below.
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