Following up on an earlier rumor today that Samsung might be releasing the next Google Nexus phone, Japanese carrier DoCoMo’s fall lineup has also been leaked, and it appears that there could actually be three new Nexus devices released before the end of this year. These alleged devices will be manufactured by Samsung, Sony, and LG and will be called (in order): the Galaxy Nexus II, the Xperia Nexus, and the Optimus Nexus. This will allow each manufacturer to merge the Nexus brand with their own flagship brands, which seems to be a win-win for everyone involved.
If this rumor holds true, it’s possible that we might also see an HTC One Nexus, an ASUS Padfone Nexus, or a Motorola Droid Nexus – these last three devices are purely my own speculation, however.
In any case, this could certainly be a watershed moment for Android: going forward, consumers may be able to pick from among multiple hardware manufacturers, but be guaranteed the same stock Android experience regardless of the manufacturer – and be guaranteed timely updates, too. Time will tell if this rumor becomes a reality, but if it does, I could also see this as the beginning of the end for manufacturer custom UIs, such as HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. In any case, this is definitely something we’ll keep our eyes on.