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Leaked images show a Google-branded Sony Android

Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) has quietly built a name for itself in the world of Android smartphones -- with models like the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Play 4G (aka "The PlayStation Phone") and the "Live With Walkman" music-minded handset.  That said, its sales of Xperia Androids remain well removed from the volumes of market leaders.  

But the company -- which has thus far escaped lawsuits from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Apple, Inc. (AAPL), perhaps due to prior art concerns -- is reportedly preparing to take a big step forward into the limelight, with some help from Google.

Images posted to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) picture sharing service Picasa show a Google-branded Sony smartphone, which is reportedly dubbed the "Nexus X".  The images were posted by someone called "Mutul Yeter" whose name offers no Google search hits (other than about the posted images) -- suggesting the name is a pseudonym.

Such things -- as the Xperia Blog who first covered the possible leak, notes -- can be faked.  However, the device looks reasonably plausible in the mid-resolution images posted.  

Sony Nexus X
The Sony "Nexus X" [Image Source: Mutul Yeter/Picasa]

It appears to be loaded with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", and pack the typical 'Droid fare -- a front and rear camera, plus microUSB.

So far Google has worked with a number of OEMs on "Nexus" branded smartphones, but not Sony.  The first in the series -- the Nexus One (Jan. 2010) -- was built by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).  It was succeeded by the Nexus S (Dec. 2010) and Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930).

Sources: Picasa, Xperia Blog

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RE: Get a Nexus from every company
By tayb on 10/15/2012 1:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
I say the more the merrier. Why stop at 5? I wish all Android phones were vanilla Android "Google Experience." I haven't found a single carrier/manufacturer customized ROM that I thought was an improvement over vanilla. Granted, I can run my own custom ROM but my biggest annoyance is the upgrade schedule, or more importantly the complete lack thereof.

Plus, having the ability to buy unlocked phones out of contract for reasonable prices is huge. Unlike the iOS market Android phones can be found for super cheap second or third hand and these unlocked phones are great for people who travel overseas.

By retrospooty on 10/15/2012 2:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
"I say the more the merrier. Why stop at 5? I wish all Android phones were vanilla Android "Google Experience.""


then again, no-one would but the carrier ones. LOL.

RE: Get a Nexus from every company
By RufusM on 10/15/2012 4:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
The one big thing for me the Google AOSP ROM doesn't have are notification menu toggles and brightness slider. I really wish Google would add this to the AOSP ROM.

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