It's that time of year again, pumpkin flavored everything, cool weather, leaves turning and the pre-holiday rumors abounding. We're at the point where we've seen dozens of rumored smartphones become official, and we're still waiting on many of them to reach shelves. We have a pretty good idea what hands all the major players are holding, and it's time we yet again look to what's on the horizon.

Lucky for us, the rumor mill is as active as ever. And many of those rumors are pointing to something I predicted back in July: a new version of Android and another Nexus.

A staple in the Android community, the topic of the next Nexus is always an interesting one. Back in April, I asked which manufacturer should be handed the torch for the 2012 Nexus. Samsung has now had two rounds with the honor, and they've done a decent job. But there's a part of me that feels Samsung purposefully downplayed the Nexus line to boost the appearances of their own Galaxy S series. (Compare the cameras on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus with those on the Galaxy S II and S III. Or compare the Super AMOLED displays between the four. You will definitely notice a major, positive difference in the Galaxy S devices.)

Crackpot theories aside, I feel its time another manufacturer has a go at the Nexus line. Samsung has proven its dominance in the industry, especially amongst the Android crowd. It's time someone else – who may not fear cannibalizing their own brand – takes a crack at it.

Fortunately, it appears as if 2012 will be the year Google gives another competitor a shot. But which company?

The most recent rumors are back and forth between HTC and LG being the chosen manufacturer. One week ago, GSM Arena reported that the 5-inch HTC phablet we've been spotting left and right – the DROID Incredible X or HTC One X 5 – will be the Nexus 5. And several different sources are pointing to the LG Optimus G being the base for the LG-made Nexus. Android and Me's Taylor Wimberly also reported another rumor stating LG would make a phablet-sized Nexus.

According to Android and Me, we may know sooner rather than later. The Android site reported just yesterday that a new Nexus device and version of Android will arrive within the "next 30 days," along with a new Nexus smartphone. The site's Taylor Wimberly reports that the version of Android will be a minor point update – 4.2 – instead of the major update to Android 5.0 many were hoping for. And his sources tell him the next Nexus is a device that has already leaked on Android sites around the Web.

Despite all the conflicting information, the good news is all of these are just rumors – nothing more. Each should be taken with its own dosage of salt. The bad news is that if yesterday's rumor is true, the next Nexus will not be a surprise and we need to keep expectations relatively tame.

But again, I'm curious. Who do you want to see make the upcoming Nexus handset? HTC or LG?

As much as I would love to see LG have a go, the HTC Nexus phablet rumor has me salivating already. The LG Optimus G seems like a nice device, I like the design and the specs are nothing to scoff at. But in light of the LG phablet rumor, I can't help but think of the LG Optimus Vu and how atrocious a 5-inch 4:3 smartphone really is.

As for HTC, the Nexus One is still one of my all-time favorite phones. I would love nothing more than for HTC to recreate that on a larger scale with modern specs. As unlikely as that may be, the HTC phablet will do.

However, a 5-inch Nexus with a 1080p display wouldn't be without its faults either. Two weeks ago, I wrote about how smartphone technology needs improvements to flash storage space and battery technology before we make the leap to 1080p displays. And the 5-inch HTC phone is rumored to ship with Sharp's 5-inch 1080p panel that was announced in May. For a smarpthone 1080p is overkill. At 441 pixels per inch, will be ultra clear. But it will also use an unnecessary amount of power and require larger resource files for graphics.

Unless the HTC Nexus comes with a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of storage (or more), I'm not sure it'd be a worthwhile choice.

Luckily, other rumors from earlier in the year allude that all of these Nexus rumors could be true, that HTC, LG and other manufacturers will make Nexus phones this year. Some believe Google is allowing more than one partner to make a Nexus so they can build their own (with Motorola) without being scrutized. Either way, it seems we'll find out by the end of the month.

Guys and gals, which manufacturer do you want to make the next Nexus, LG or HTC? Another? And if there is more than one, which rumored device(s) do you hope makes the cut?

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Fady Ghaly
Fady Ghaly HTC for sure!!
SmithsLane haha let apple do it! at least you know it would be done right.
Niall Barr
Niall Barr Samsung
John Anthony
John Anthony Htc by far!!
Pratik K Doshi
Pratik K Doshi For SURE HTC
Kevin McQuade
Kevin McQuade Samsung or Apple
Razi Ul Hassan
Razi Ul Hassan Htc.
Goku Supersayan
Goku Supersayan Samsung but if that doesn't work htc
SmithsLane shouldn't Motorola since Google owns them now.....?
Abdul Eltawil
Abdul Eltawil Neither, Samsung should continue making the nexus phones. Samsung has the best, fastest phones to date. Why go to two companies who make terrible hardware?
Cory David Baxter
Cory David Baxter if lg makes it with a retina display then im in
Andrei Jelin
Andrei Jelin LG!
Mark D. Cox
Mark D. Cox LG
Christopher Dysart
Christopher Dysart motorola or LG best android build quality!
Matt Bennett
Matt Bennett Seeing as how I work in tech care at T-Mobile, I will chose HTC. Every LG phone that has come out has been crap. Motorola would be good too as long as it doesn't have the Blur crap on it.
Jose Rodrigues
Jose Rodrigues Rim should make next nexus
Sidhant Ahluwalia
Sidhant Ahluwalia Asus
Shahul Hameed
Shahul Hameed Oppo 1080p 12mp camera quadcore
Dane Enerio
Dane Enerio Sony
Andreas Emanuel Berg
Andreas Emanuel Berg Maybe Samsung!
Piotr Stefanski
Piotr Stefanski Apple.... lol.... htpple one 5 nexus s
Jung Yunho
Jung Yunho Htc
Junaid Nagori
Junaid Nagori Samsung should continue to make Nexus as hardly anyone buys phones made by HTC and LG
Amir Khamesy
Amir Khamesy Samsung
Jerry Tan KL
Jerry Tan KL HTC quality sucks
Andrew Stivelman
Andrew Stivelman HTC phones have serious battery problems.
Andrew Stivelman
Andrew Stivelman Nokia
Gibby Garcia
Gibby Garcia HTC for me since they made the first Nexus phone, the G1
Jason C Kingry
Jason C Kingry HTC
Orion Pax
Orion Pax Maybe SE?
Jason Croyle
Jason Croyle Anybody but Motorola if M does it then it will never get updates.
Pablo Emmanuel
Pablo Emmanuel Evo LTE retarded spell correction -.-
Pablo Emmanuel
Pablo Emmanuel HTC Hardware is way better than plastic Samsungs, HTC definetely needs to make a new nexus device with beats audio and a body with a design rooted off the One X or Eco LTE, Samsung just keeps putting shitty cameras in their nexus phones, give someone else a chance, HTC deserves it more than anyone else.
Justin Cartier
Justin Cartier Samsung. HTC tends to use batteries that are far too small, and radios of less than stellar quality. (Signal is crap) LG has a hard time making an Android device with quality materials. Their phones feel cheap. My Galaxy Nexus on the other hand feels, and looks solid. It's a very nice high end Android phone. It has an excellent radio, and a battery that I can make it through the day.
Gabriel Freeman
Gabriel Freeman HTC for life.
Nathan Sheaffer
Nathan Sheaffer Motorola might be fine choice though.
Nathan Sheaffer
Nathan Sheaffer HTC of course, LG might single handily destroy the Nexus line. I will never let them live down the terrible support they gave us G2X owners. They have no concept of support or care for the customer.
PR Rosemberg
PR Rosemberg NEITHER! Google should stick to Samsung and be harder on them to make sure they don't get slapped with another lawsuit!
Tyler Hell
Tyler Hell HTC allege way!
Vicente Trevino
Vicente Trevino Decently HTC
Jordan Lai
Jordan Lai Htc nexus one w beatsaudio would be killer!!!!
Ron Smith
Ron Smith HTC! Quietly Brilliant
Nicholas Riddle
Nicholas Riddle HTC!!!
Steele Lloyd
Steele Lloyd Htc
Kristoff Lewandowski
Kristoff Lewandowski JUST NOKIA!
Tyler Charles Christopher
Tyler Charles Christopher HTC
Carlos Javier Nuñez
Carlos Javier Nuñez motorola
Elijah Mitchell
Elijah Mitchell Def HTC
John Elizondo
John Elizondo LG do sent deserve to make a nexus device because LG is really horrible at open source
John Elizondo
John Elizondo HTC
Humza Ahmed
Humza Ahmed The Nexus One was bloody awesome, I haven't sold mine yet since I like it so much
Noriel Dacer
Noriel Dacer HTC ofc = BEATS by d. dre thats awesome!!
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Asus
Oscar Alvarado
Oscar Alvarado LG
Cory Jansen
Cory Jansen Apple
Shiv Vachhani
Shiv Vachhani idk samsung
Anthony So
Anthony So HTC
Marcelo Suriel
Marcelo Suriel lg would be better
Max Larrieux
Max Larrieux HTC Nexus Two would be nice.
Samuel Dustin Serio
Samuel Dustin Serio HTC for sure. LG will just screw it up and put a crappy 5mp camera or single core processor or 3d on it or some crap.
Adam Bloxham
Adam Bloxham LG
Willie Lucero
Willie Lucero None,.. Nokia should, look what they did with the lumia 920,I think if they created a nexus device along with possibly a new Android version would redefine android phones completely
Dalen Romelien
Dalen Romelien Htc
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa HTC like the first one... "Nexus One"
Mathew Duhamel
Mathew Duhamel motorola
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella HTC has waaaay better quality
Adrian Sutanto
Adrian Sutanto HTC
Matt Carey
Matt Carey Nokia.
Michael Garrett
Michael Garrett Motorola all the way..
Joseph Cotaj
Joseph Cotaj HTC. Better build quality.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Samsung . My second choice would be HTC since LG is just garbage
Don FatMan Parker Sr.
Don FatMan Parker Sr. Motorola!!! Photon Nexus
Lamar Sarracino
Lamar Sarracino keep it Samsung!!
Heriberto Venegas
Heriberto Venegas Neither
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Motorola
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago neither...samsung did a great job!!! They only gave to better the build quality!!!
L.j. Costanzo
L.j. Costanzo HTC
David Fauerbach
David Fauerbach htc>lg
Lashun Manning
Lashun Manning Neither
Ej Morris
Ej Morris Samsung. I'm comfortable with their build qualities
Timothy Klerkx
Timothy Klerkx Samsung please
Lanh Nguyen
Lanh Nguyen LG hasn't made anything worth the money since the g2x and their phones typically look ugly. I'd like HTC build quality but I prefer Samsungs internals.
Andrew Hackett
Andrew Hackett Sony
Andrew Hackett
Andrew Hackett HDTV
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores Sony or Nokia
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes HTC hands down. LG is slacking. (Can't wait to get rid of this LG Revolution)
Tony Hocson
Tony Hocson Nokia! :)
Steven Osorio
Steven Osorio Forgot to add direct and timely Android updates from Google, UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER!, Can you hear me now Verizon!
Naresh Patel
Naresh Patel Htc
Nam Nguyen
Nam Nguyen Kyocera!!!
Steven Osorio
Steven Osorio Don't really care who makes it as long as it has good spec'ed hardware ( Exynos 5250, SnapDragon S4, Tegra 3 or any other ARM A15 1.5Ghz quad core processor variant, 2GB internal ram, 32GB user/application ram (expandable via SD card slot would be nice), 4.5 to 4.8 in. 16:9 aspect 720p (1080p would be nicer) IPS (NON-PENTILE) screen with 300+ ppi, 2100+ mAh removable battery with NFC, simultaneous talk & data 4G LTE), and an exterior fit and finish with the same quality of materials and workmanship that Apple puts into the IPhone... I can dream, can I?
Orosanu Bogdan
Orosanu Bogdan I had an HTC, good phone, never had an LG smartphone so I must say HTC.
Howell Ruehl
Howell Ruehl HTC!!!! LG is crap on a stick!
Jerry Parker
Jerry Parker SONY!
Brandon Worley
Brandon Worley HTC
Paul Stone
Paul Stone HTC
Izzuddin Helmi
Izzuddin Helmi HTC better.Don't let LG please :(
Alex Ramirez
Alex Ramirez htc
Aaron Harris
Aaron Harris HTC
Manuel Mercado
Manuel Mercado Nokia
Whitney Stark
Whitney Stark HTC
Nattawat Veerajintsiri
Nattawat Veerajintsiri Oppo
Joernie Berrios
Joernie Berrios Samsung...and Samsung only!!
Ventuniano Santito
Ventuniano Santito Lg for sure..got to give the opportunity to others too
Colin Sonnenberg
Colin Sonnenberg Sony
Rani Hinnawi
Rani Hinnawi HTC builds the shell, Qualcomm makes the chip, Samsung the screen, HTC the cameras
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Htc is stingy when it comes to batteries. How about... Sony?
Idris Hussain
Idris Hussain HTC
Abdul Rahman
Abdul Rahman but battery from LG
Abdul Rahman
Abdul Rahman HTC
Marc Barbieri
Marc Barbieri Motorola or Samsung. Definitely not LG
Brandon Harney
Brandon Harney htc
Jerald Lee Leonen
Jerald Lee Leonen Should be Samsung!
Ray Alvarado
Ray Alvarado LG should make the Nexus not a fan of HTC
Christopher Batista
Christopher Batista Lg
Ridha Fardian
Ridha Fardian Motorola
Verlon L. Carroll
Verlon L. Carroll Htc Definitely!
Jason Grady
Jason Grady Htc
Alexander Snijders
Alexander Snijders HTC !!!
Paul Armendarez
Paul Armendarez HTC
Huayuan Song
Huayuan Song HTC
Jonathan Onuluk
Jonathan Onuluk neither Samsung
Zulfiqar Butt
Zulfiqar Butt Q mobile
Jevaughn Thomas
Jevaughn Thomas HTC!!!!!
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. HTC over LG. Yeah I would like Asus to make a Nexus. They better continue the curve display.
Brian Edson
Brian Edson HTC. LG doesn't have a good reputation with smartphones
Chen Cohen Gershon
Chen Cohen Gershon Samsung...
Oscar Sanchez Palomino
Oscar Sanchez Palomino Samsung ...motorola or lg I love those companies....
Justin Michael Duncan
Justin Michael Duncan Htc!
Anonymous HTC is better let them build.
Lennes Shaw
Lennes Shaw im tired of Htc they need to step outside the box, LG just sucks so moto or sony
Cory David Baxter
Cory David Baxter Nokia should
Eddy Edd
Eddy Edd NONE, one lacks creativity the other too fuckin shy to step out of Korea.
Ahmad Mardini
Ahmad Mardini htc
Mihai Alex
Mihai Alex LG, I want to see if they're capable of producing quality hardware
Fark Mukerberg
Fark Mukerberg HTC please- Samsung is a bit overrated and sadly not as good as I wish them to be
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Neither of them! LG and HTC both suckkkkk
Steve Coyle
Steve Coyle Htc
Chris Hagood
Chris Hagood Anyone but LG. ANYONE but that crappy phone manufacturer.
Matthew Ryan Vargas
Matthew Ryan Vargas Htc
William Wadsworth
William Wadsworth Is that even a question? HTC, of course.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez Apple so it could finally sell
Mudassar Mubashar
Mudassar Mubashar htc
Hillwood Lam
Hillwood Lam no one here likes sony?
Mitch Toland Jr.
Mitch Toland Jr. HTC
Shubham Rajelli
Shubham Rajelli HTC
TuCan Dan
TuCan Dan ......Apple
TuCan Dan
TuCan Dan HTC
Perro Rosello
Perro Rosello Out of these two id say HTC. But id want ASUS to make the next Nexus. Hell, just rebrand the PadFone 2 and Done!
Jim Marshall III
Jim Marshall III Neither
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama I'd like it to be Motorola, but HTC if I had to choose
John Quisisem
John Quisisem motorola
George Av
George Av NOOOOO NONE!!!!!
Mike Hooper
Mike Hooper Samsung
Andre Roberts
Andre Roberts The best nexus was the first one HTC all the way
Ronnie Bowlson
Ronnie Bowlson Htc
Zia A. Wahab
Zia A. Wahab HTC
Sameer Biala
Sameer Biala Moto team
Misal Patel
Misal Patel Motorola FTW....
Noah Pettit
Noah Pettit HTC!!! :P«»«»«»
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson LG
Luis Valentin-Zeno
Luis Valentin-Zeno Htc
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Htc
JerryandAudrey Smith
JerryandAudrey Smith Between HTC and LG. I would say HTC. LG sucks! But I would agree that google's own company should give it a shot.
Edward J. Rodriguez
Edward J. Rodriguez HTC
Tyler Hodgson
Tyler Hodgson Would have said Motorola, but I got screwed over with the Atrix. LG Optimus G looks like a beast. I'd be nice to have a Nexus with top of the line specs like that
Zac Luna
Zac Luna Htc
William Plotner
William Plotner Lg
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel HTC! Motorola sounds good tho
Zabian Hankerson
Zabian Hankerson I got insider info people, Moto is making the Nexus 2
Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee HTC
Daniel Ayala
Daniel Ayala SAMSUNG!
??? HTC, still think they need OLED displays though
Ibnul Sharar
Ibnul Sharar LG - No Samsung- Noo HTC- Yes Apple- Yess. Hahah. ;)
Rene Robledo
Rene Robledo I'd prefer samsung, but from those two, htc
Burasu Ojrret
Burasu Ojrret how bout audiovox.....
Frank Zambrano
Frank Zambrano HTC samsung is just full of legal issues
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes They're both garbage
Yuan Sheng
Yuan Sheng HTC
Paul Vanderbear
Paul Vanderbear HTC
Miguel Marquez
Miguel Marquez I think Samsung should make it. I love their Super Amoled Displays.
Ridvan Ongun
Ridvan Ongun htc's nexus would be great in my opinion :)
Mila Ardja
Mila Ardja HTC PLEASE! 8D
Joseph Salvagna
Joseph Salvagna HTC
Ron Price
Ron Price neither. Motorola. has the best call reception in any area...city or rural
Bandar Everlast
Bandar Everlast Htc
Leroy Langston
Leroy Langston HTC
Tariqul Iblis
Tariqul Iblis HTC.
??sta? ?e??t??d??
??sta? ?e??t??d?? HTC
John Soliz
John Soliz HTC
Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez Since Google bought Motorola, shouldn't Motorola make the Nexus phones?
Javier Delgado
Javier Delgado alcatel? =D
Kong Yang
Kong Yang HTC.
Tautvydas Lagunavicius
Tautvydas Lagunavicius HTC :))!!!!!!!!
Jermonn J-Trillion Richardson
Jermonn J-Trillion Richardson Samsung. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Donovan Fraser
Donovan Fraser HTC cause of build quality and I want to see HTC make a good stock android device
Ross Silva
Ross Silva NOKIA! ;D
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling Neither,they both blow.as for huawei?yeah right;uawei is as bad as zte
Nicholas Terry
Nicholas Terry HTC
Shahriman Onn
Shahriman Onn HTC!

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