Google has worked with two separate manufacturers on its Nexus Android smart phones: HTC for the Nexus One and Samsung for the Nexus S. Now it may be working with a third manufacturer for its first official Nexus tablet, with LG tipped to be the lucky partner.
That's according to Russian site Mobile-review.com, which claims that LG will release a Nexus Android slate in midsummer or early Autumn this year, running the latest flavour of Google's Android software, which could be an update on the current 3.0 Honeycomb version.
There isn't much more information than that, although the story claims Google plans to use the tablet as its reference device for Honeycomb apps, which isn't great news for other Android tablet makers. Then again, the Nexus One and Nexus S haven't stopped other Android smart phones from finding sales success.
There's something else puzzling -- and rather worrying for early adopters of Android tablets -- in the Mobile-review.com article. Writer Eldar Murtazin claims to have some information on the licensing agreement signed by Android tablet makers. Here's the relevant sentence, roughly translated: "The producer who created a device in OS version 2.x, cannot update it to 3.0."
Murtazin actually refers to this in his piece, saying that "most versions" of the Flyer will now be released with 3.0 Honeycomb after all. He could be referring to the rumoured two new models heading our way later this year.
If the own-brand Nexus handsets make sense for Google in the smart-phone arena, it wouldn't be surprising to see the same strategy applied to tablets. We'll keep you posted on any developments.