Asus, Motorola set to build next Nexus devices

Reports have emerged today that Motorola and Asus will be manufacturing the refreshed Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices.

Google's Nexus device range - phones and tablets running vanilla versions of the company's open source Android platform - are popular with developers and users alike. Last year, the company announced a new Nexus 10 tablet device alongside a new Nexus 4 phone - both of which are still on sale today.


The current-generation Nexus 10 is manufactured by Samsung

However, plans are now underway to refresh the two devices following Google's unveiling of an updated Nexus 7 last month. According to Geek.com, Asus will manufacture the refreshed Nexus 10 tablet, taking over from Samsung who built last year's device on behalf of Google. Rumours suggest the new device will include a faster processor, longer battery life, and lighter weight.

Motorola meanwhile will produce the next Nexus phone reports suggest, taking over from LG. LG has previously confirmed it will not manufacture the next version of the Nexus phone - dubbed unofficially the Nexus 5 - but is open to making future Nexus devices.

Both the refreshed Nexus phone and Nexus 10 devices are said to have a planned release "in the near future" in time for the holiday season later this year.

Source: Geek.com | image via Google

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I'm sure Asus can do a much better job than Samsung did with the Nexus 10. I really enjoy the new Nexus 7 so I can't wait to see what they will bring with the new 10.

NOW, if Android App developers could understand that tablet exist and care to make good tablet apps, it would be nice. At this moment, the winner is still the iPad.

It will be interesting to see how much the new Nexus 10 will cost after it is made by ASUS, will it be 400$ or perhaps 350?

But I am not sure about Nexus 4 or 5 if made by Motorola, maybe will go above 400? who knows

"Rumours suggest the new device will include a faster processor, longer battery life, and lighter weight."

I've also heard it would have more storage memory, slimmer bezels, and possibly come with Key Lime Pie.

techbeck said,
Not surprising considering Asus has had success with Android in the past. The Transformers were well received.

They were until they priced the Transformer Infinity at £600! I was looking forward to getting my second one until I saw the price.

Majesticmerc said,

They were until they priced the Transformer Infinity at £600! I was looking forward to getting my second one until I saw the price.

Just get the tf300. The tf600 is the model above which is kind of luxury :
aluminum case, gorilla glass, higher resolution on screen, slightly better technology for screen, higher resolution for camera etc ...
I'd say, that 90% of people are happy with the standard tf300 model.

There are rumors that Asus is building the next Nexus 10. I'd be interested to see what Motorola can do for the successor to the Nexus 4. Happy to see Motorola in the mix. Sony deserves some action too! Let all the manufacturers make at least one Nexus device.

I like my Galaxy Nexus, so I'd like Samsung to manufacture a new Nexus too. I wish there would be more Nexus Edition smartphones, as I hate those customized UIs.

spy beef said,
That's why Asus dropped Windows RT.

It is never ever Microsoft's fault, it is the OEM, the stupid consumer who refuses to drive his new car in reverse on the highway (the so called modern UI), the stupid media, etc. etc.

It is never the poor and innocent Windows and Microsoft's fault, it is us, we are very sorry for that and we will do our best to improve

Lord Method Man said,
They dropped Windows RT because consumers have rejected it.

Except the customers that haven't rejected it.

As I mentioned above:

It is intellectually dishonest for anyone to believe that the two stories are mutually exclusive.

Motorola was putting pressure on Asus over their Windows RT units at launch.

It's not an amazing consequence, it's simply a sound business decision. Windows RT's market performance has been disastrous so far and there aren't any indicators that the 8.1 update will improve the situation. Microsoft's flagship Surface RT - a device with an insane marketing budget behind it - had to take a $1bn write down, which is simply unprecedented.

Seketh said,
Didn't Asus just abandoned Windows RT? What an amazing coincidence!

amazing coincidence? did you happen to hear about Nexus 7 looooong ago? do you happen to pay attention about who makes it?

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's not an amazing consequence, it's simply a sound business decision. Windows RT's market performance has been disastrous so far and there aren't any indicators that the 8.1 update will improve the situation. Microsoft's flagship Surface RT - a device with an insane marketing budget behind it - had to take a $1bn write down, which is simply unprecedented.

It is intellectually dishonest for anyone to believe that the two stories are mutually exclusive.

Motorola was putting pressure on Asus over their Windows RT units at launch.

It would be like looking back at Verizon's support of WP7 at launch being delayed for over six months was just 'accidentally' during the same time frame they were signing an operator deal with Apple to get the iPhone.

This is how business works.

Mobius Enigma said,
It is intellectually dishonest for anyone to believe that the two stories are mutually exclusive.

If Windows RT wasn't a sales disaster you may have a point but as it stands there's nothing to support your assertion.

theyarecomingforyou said,

If Windows RT wasn't a sales disaster you may have a point but as it stands there's nothing to support your assertion.

You are missing the point. Here: Google/Motorola is happy with ASUS's decision.

The chances are this 'happiness' whether Motorola played a role in getting them to stop Windows RT devices or if it was Intel, Asus didn't just give up a product without a payoff, especially on the eve of Windows 8.1.

Companies don't just absorb losses like this, at the very least they would have pushed their current model to recoup losses instead of torpedoing it publically.

The public nature of what they are doing is 'showing their hand' that they are getting something out of dropping it or they would have been quiet about it.