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Of all the hundred or so well-known Android handsets, there are a distinct few that truly stand out. Of course, you have the iconic phones like the EVO 4G and the original Droid, and some of the newer dual-core touting handsets tend to tower over the crowd. But these are not the handsets I'm referring to. I'm talking about phones created by the collaborative hand of Google and a partner OEM, Nexus phones.

First word of the Nexus One was enough to stop Android fanatics dead in their tracks. It is still regarded as one of the best Android phones around, though its spec sheet is laughable by comparison of today's phones. The original problem with the Nexus One was that is was not available to be bought on contract. The only way to purchase it was through Google, online. There were no physical units at brick and mortar stores either. The only way to get any hands-on time with the mysterious and beautiful Nexus One was to either pull the trigger on the $529 price tag plus shipping, or know someone else who had.

Since then, however, Google has sort of learned from their mistakes. The Nexus S was launched back in December and buyers were eligible to purchase it on contract with T-Mobile, or buy it unlocked for full retail value. The devices were also offered in-store and demo units were display for wary buyers.

Over the past few months, Google has been releasing their latest Nexus phone on different carriers. The Nexus S 4G made it to Sprint in a WiMAX flavor and another (non-4G) made it to AT&T. I can understand a delay in having to add a WiMAX radio and make the phone CDMA. But I'm baffled as to why it has taken Google eight months to launch essentially the same exact phone (with different bands, obviously). And after taking so long, shouldn't they have at least made it HSPA+ capable?

Regardless, what I'm saying is Google wants their Nexus like to survive, which it will on its own. Nexus phones come with a certain air of superiority with faster updates and vanilla Android. But Google could easily grow their in-house device line to be much larger with a little extra hustle. Imagine if at the upcoming Nexus announcement, it was revealed that the phone will launch on all major US carriers simultaneously. How great would that be?

We know it isn't entirely out of the question as sources told BGR that Google is working with “multiple carriers and multiple OEMs on their own 'exclusive' Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) halo devices, and that they may all launch around the same time.” On the other hand, what this could mean is that the actual Nexus phone won't make it to every carrier, but a Nexus-like phone may. The good news is, we are just a few months away from finding out firsthand. The bad news? It may not be what we were hoping for.

What do you say, pups? Would you like to see an actual Nexus phone on every carrier released at the same time? Or would alternative, Nexus-like phones serve just as well? Do you even care for a Nexus phone over some of the current flagships?


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Richard Wilson Bring one to virginmobile too.
Adam Schweiger Might be a good idea
Jordan Lai YES THEY SHOULD
Melvin Chng Yi Cong I'm nexus s user, appreciate what Samsung did. The best sound chips, the super clear screen, the super performance, high end Gpu and super long battery life. It is faster than dual core when you open something. The quadrant is even much higher than dual core!
Cesario Brito Jr. Yeah I think they should put it on all carriers. Android is for the people.
Dawude Esa tmobile!!
Shawn Poling I think they should release them on all carriers.
Andy Brown Yes, and I think Google needs to focus on getting the nexus line in the carrier's stores instead of the best buy exclusive bs. Well I like having choices I think Google should work with the HTC, Moto, and Samsung and them each release a nexus series phone with certain service level agreements on OTA updates to help cut down on fragmentation.
Andrew Johnson um, YES!!!!
French Twist Google should make a phone that works on ALL carriers, with vanilla Android only, no carrier bloatware. I would buy it in less time than it takes me to write this post, and I suspect many people would. How about it, Google ? :D
Jesse James Castro to me the nexus moniker should go to a flagship phone of sorts. I just hope the new one will be made with premium materials...i can't stand cheap feeling phones oh and ya google should have the nexus available for at least the big 3
Cory Spencer Absolutely!!
Michael Miller Yes, I love my Nexus S. Came from an Evo, couldn't pay me to go back. I enjoy not being attatched to a charger 24/7
Alec Bailey Yes!!! They are great phones!
Mike Lucaci I think google needs to stop putting tracking systems that are built in the phones..thats what i think
Kelvin Reid Yes, who wants to buy a phone that's new to your carrier but old to everyone else
David Sabillon Yes they should. Most people have never heard of the nexus lineup since they dont sell in all stores.
Orga Price GODS YES. I can imagine a pentaband Nexus Prime. It makes my pants tight.
David Dawood Poota No matter who gets the Nexus, just make a better battery!!
Alexander Rojas google needs to work with all manafacturers and get the best of each to make a Nexus, HTC-Model,design,material,led notifications Samsung-hardware,Super AMOLED HD(720p),internal memory Sony Ericsson0-camera with exmor r Motorola-fingerprint scanner(personally i like that) etc
Silver Fox I like it as a unlocked phone but its should be able to work on any network.
Miguel A Navarrete fuck yeah they should.. bring that bad boy to every carrier.. yeah Samsung makes the best Hardware on phones period!!! Also who gives a shit if Samsung puts a plastic battery cover on their phones.. everyone that buys a phone especially a $$$ Smartphone buys a protective case to put on it.. At the end of the day your phone is all covered up top to bottom ... so who gives if a phone has more plastic pieces than another... Really People? Really?
Ron Scott I think the should concentrate on updating their existing phones ( i.e. Android 2.3 ) and wait a few months before they come out with yet another ultra high end phone.
Christopher Manic Johnson @Adrian, do we really need quad-core devices? I've always seen dual-core as being sufficient enough. Trying to keep upping the RAM would be better, no?
Equaknox Knox Really..of all the phones out there toating Android..HTC..is by far hands the cream of the crop..n yes over Apple Iphone number what ever...
Jesus Miguel Valenzuela Bring Nexus to Verizon, IMMEDIATELY
Alexander Rojas yes, but as long as sprint gets it im good
Jon Jerico Calanio A unique Nexus per carrier would be interesting. A Motorola one for Verizon, HTC for Sprint, LG for T-Mobile, Samsung for AT&T.
Mutabazi Jean-luc they should give the next nexus "2012" to sony ericsson or LG. HTC and samsung had their chance and they quit did a great job
Dushyanthan Devadoss I am happy that the Nexus S is being offered with various carrier options. If Google is marketing it as their primary Android device, it should be available to anyone, and not force users to switch their carriers like Apple did with AT&T
Adrian Salazar Jr. Samsung does make badass hardware so this should be a plus however htc make beautiful phones so if samsung can make the next nexus and avoid all the plastic shit this phone will rock! As far as quad core don't think it going to happen in the next nexus. If anything it will prob be dual core clocked at 1.5 ghz with 1 gb of ram and will prob come with ice cream sandwich
Christopher Manic Johnson Nope. I think I'm one of the few who likes the idea of each carrier having that one exclusive device. Btw Samsung >htc. Htc has been looking a lot like RIM, stagnant. Samsung is a progressive company, & right now, nothing can touch the Galaxy S2, Sammy's bread & butter...
John Corfee Really hoping for a Nexus Prime on Verizon.
Kristoffer Bertelsen or just make a good high end phone in general.... -.-
Tim Moore Yes. The Nexus One was awesome. Only reason I'm looking for a new one is because I need more storage. Wish HTC would have done the follow up.
Moira Washington As long as they sell it themselves pure vanilla! One cdma and one gsm that cover all bands respectively.in other words make the phones universal!
Clarence Dempsey Samsung has shown that this is not an easy task! The Carriers has to corporate.
Omar Leon Samsung has some of the best hardware available for a phone. A single core nexus s from Samsung could easily go head to head with any duo core device. Gs2 ftw
David Dawood Poota Next nexus needs to be a quad core with 3D and HD front camera!! Also please make better batteries for Androids....I mean someone needs to set the standard already!! Sometimes I just need like 30-40% more and it would be good!
Nathan Parks Of course. The nexus would have been the best phone across all carriers at the time.
Luis Arturo Batista Aquino it would be wise..
Hendrick Equis M Yes and also making it to of the line
Chris Payne I think they should focus on giving the Nexus phones back to HTC because Samsung is complete garbage.




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