Will Google Partner with HTC to Launch Nexus One X with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?

February 29, 2012

Earlier in the week, we reported on LG possibly being selected as the next manufacturer to release a Nexus device. The news came straight from Ramchan Woo, head of LG’s smartphone division, who said the two parties are in heavy discussions. While the idea of an Optimus Nexus device being developed is intriguing, HTC wants the world to know that none of the major manufacturers have been selected by Google at this point, and they’re in the running as well.

In an interview with TechRadar, Jeff Gordon, global online communications manager for HTC, said all smartphone manufacturers are likely pitching their ideas to Google in hopes of being selected. Google “hasn’t chosen its Nexus partner,” but “all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers,” Gordon said. Whichever smartphone-maker gets picked will likely have the honors of being first with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, which automatically translates to success in late 2012 and/or early 2013.

HTC’s comments on the situation goes to show that the race to win over Google for the fourth Nexus device is not over yet – it’s actually just begun. HTC made a solid case for themselves that they should be selected for the Nexus 4 when they announced the HTC One X with Tegra 3 quad-core processor at Mobile World Congress 2012 earlier this week. Is Google impressed enough to sway them back to HTC after partnering with Samsung for the last two years?

Source: TechRadar via Electronista

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