December 22, 2014

HTC Making New Nexus Device to Compete With LG?

Andy Rubin let it slip a few weeks ago that Google was working on another Nexus device, this one to be the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, which essentially brings Honeycomb to both tablets and phones, with each device getting the assets and features that fit it best. We first heard whispers that LG would be the manufacturer of this new Nexus device (some referred to it as the Nexus 3), but now we’re learning that HTC also has a hand in the proverbial cookie jar. HTC and LG are apparently both making prototype devices for Google, but only one will be chosen by Google to be the new Nexus device. The picture above is supposedly a rough draft of HTC’s device, although we’re hearing that it’s been Photoshopped and retouched, so we have our doubts.

The main thing worth noting here is that it doesn’t appear to have any capacitive or hardware buttons on the bottom of the display. This is most likely because ICS will be similar to Honeycomb in that there will be virtual buttons built into the OS, making physical buttons on the device useless. Rumors are also flying around that this device will have both HSPA+ and CDMA versions, with the latter being aimed directly at Sprint, who seems to be getting cozy with Google as of late. The device is set for a makeover before launch, and it’s rumored to include a front-facing camera. Not much else is known about this mystery device, but we’ll do some digging to try and find out. Still no word or leaked pictures from LG, and we’re certainly curious as to what their Nexus device will look like. Keep in mind that this is all just speculation for now. More on this as it develops.

So, would you rather have an HTC Nexus device, or one made by LG? Leave your comments below or on our Facebook Wall!



  • Anonymous

    Apple wont like that design…

    • Anonymous

      It does look suspiciously like an iPhone 3GS, doesn’t it? I smell another lawsuit if HTC doesn’t change that design soon. Of course, this is all just rumor right now. We don’t even have proof that this device is HTC-built.

    • Anonymous

      It does look suspiciously like an iPhone 3GS, doesn’t it? I smell another lawsuit if HTC doesn’t change that design soon. Of course, this is all just rumor right now. We don’t even have proof that this device is HTC-built.

  • http://profiles.google.com/godoppl Frank Godø

    It seems like the device is very similar to the leaked verizon phone http://pocketnow.com/android/htcs-button-less-verizon-phone-caught-in-the-wild
    An the picture is very much ‘shopped as you can tell from about 1 cm up from the lower right corner of the lcd…

    • The1jerc

      that was the incredible s leak back from mwc. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/godoppl Frank Godø

    It seems like the device is very similar to the leaked verizon phone http://pocketnow.com/android/htcs-button-less-verizon-phone-caught-in-the-wild
    An the picture is very much ‘shopped as you can tell from about 1 cm up from the lower right corner of the lcd…

  • Anonymous

    Regardless I hope google goes back to HTC for them to make the next NEXUS 3. The relationship with SPRINT AND GOOGLE has been very strong lately and google know’s that sprint rolls with htc and qualcomm so this device WILL APPEAR ON SPRINT FIRST BY THE END OF 2011 OR IN JANUARY EARLY 2012… My guess on specs I will say dualcore 1.5 Ghz processor which will be the 4th generation snapdragon MSM 8930 with the new 28NM chip which gives 75% more lower power to be used which will preserve the best battery life out of any android device. The rest of the specs could be anything but just this alone is enough and HAS MY ATTENTION. I will be purchasing my Evo 3d regardless very soon but will be looking out for this if made by HTC then I will be purchasing another device by the end of 2011 which will be a google device made by HTC on Sprint. The best of both worlds

  • Chris

    Hopefully ICS will bhave a better stock UI. I still like HTC sense though despite what many say.

  • Nathan

    HTC is proven.LG isnt.  The nexus 1 was the best becuase it didnt feel cheap like these galaxy s phones.  So HTC delivers the best product and its Rootable!
    http://www.avsipcctv.com

  • suazo

    I would rather HTC make it… The no captive touch buttons kinda make it feel more iPhoney though

  • suazo

    If it goes to Sprint, Sprint will dominate. With EVO 3D and the Nexus 3 it will have the best phones

  • A_tumiwa

    Some rumor even said the next nexus is still made by samsung