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Google This has always bothered me. Google buys a huge hardware company called Motorola, and people expect new Google phones to appear within a few weeks or months. Of course, anybody with more than two brain cells to rub together realises buying and integrating such a huge company isn't something you just do in a few weeks or months. Luckily, The Verge reports Google has just stated the obvious.
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trade show no show
by stabbyjones on Fri 19th Oct 2012 01:28 UTC
stabbyjones
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2008-04-15

I can't find the link right now but Asus showed off what became the nexus tablet at a few shows before it 'disappeared' and the nexus rumors showed up.

Maybe Google were negotiating with Asus during that time but I wouldn't say Google had much effect on the actual hardware development.

Still love mine though. I'm not buying a non-AOSP based android preduct again.

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RE: trade show no show
by Neolander on Fri 19th Oct 2012 08:27 in reply to "trade show no show"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, if you're not afraid of a little tinkering, Sony's stuff has unlockable bootloaders and their devs have fairly close ties to CM developers, so those can also be an interesting alternative to Nexus hardware.

At least that's the best option for me currently, as I care about having a hardware keyboard and keeping the phone budget below 300€ (off-contract).

Edited 2012-10-19 08:29 UTC

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RE: trade show no show
by jared_wilkes on Fri 19th Oct 2012 14:56 in reply to "trade show no show"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I agree with your point that Google is just finding the "best" pre-production unit that OEMs are showing around and then works to rebrand it and optimize the latest OS release for it, but it's quite humorous that you refer to non-Google Android as non-AOSP.

All non-Google Android devices are AOSP. Amazon Fire, the horrible skins, locked/unlocked, anything you can think of is still AOSP-based code. That is the point of the AOSP: it is the open source code to be used by all including mods.

And of course, you can't refer to this class of Android devices as non-OHA devices because, even then -- with Google Apps and tight oversight from Google, OEMs are still allowed tremendous leeway, carriers are still allowed to lock and add bloatware...

What you are referring to is strictly unlocked, Google Android with zero skins or bloatware, provided stock as Google wants it -- i.e, the Nexus line of branded Android devices.

The chances are strong that this class will always specifically be the "Nexus" brand (and even then, sometimes the carriers will get some modifications and/or locking). I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Google/Moto continues to provide non-Nexus devices as Moto's primary clients remain the U.S. carriers.

Edited 2012-10-19 14:58 UTC

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