As HTC and Facebook begin their plan to move forward building and customizing a specialized smartphone for the Facebook platform, Digitimes reports that Google has selected Samsung for their next-generation Nexus smartphone. HTC’s plan is to unveil a Facebook based smartphone sometime in the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to industry sources supposedly leaving them out of the Nexus running.
While HTC was selected by Google as their first partner in the Nexus lineup with the Nexus One, Google has since shifted their cooperation to Samsung as they built both the second and third generation Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus devices.
Now that Samsung is the top vendor for all Android manufacturers, Google will continue to use Samsung for development on their next generation Nexus models.
Since Samsung has become the top vendor of Android smartphones, Google will continue to have Samsung develop its next-generation Nexus models, leveraging Samsung’s innovation ability with regard to the Android platform, and its ability to control the supply of key components, said sources.
HTC will continue its focus on their platform exclusive Facebook device if Digitime’s sources are to be believed:
The new Android smartphone being developed by HTC will have a platform exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions available on the social networking site, the sources indicated. Previously, HTC launched two Facebook-enabled smartphones, the Salsa and Chacha.
Everyone ok with the next Nexus having Samsung’s logo on it?