Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 09:26 UTC
Google "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. [...] The expansion of direct sales marks a bid to exert more control over key features and apps that run on Android-powered phones and tablets, thus reducing the influence of wireless carriers over such devices, these people said. Wireless carriers typically handle marketing and sales of devices and thus can exert some control over the services that run on them." So, an expanded Nexus program that includes several smartphones and tablets without crapware. Sounds good.
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by Radio on Wed 16th May 2012 13:59 UTC
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Five Nexii instead of one... Christmas will be fun! Especially given they will have to really work hard on the hardware to differenciate.

(Well, I hope, because maybe, given the short time remaining until the end of the year, they may fall back on slightly modded already-released hardware. May be easier for the Jelly Bean team, too.)

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