Despite a statement to Amir Efrati of the Wall Street Journal by Sundar Pichai stating that Samsung would build this years Nexus 10; Russell Holly from Geek.com has stated that multiple sources are reporting to them that Asus rather than Samsung will actually be making the Nexus 10 (2013).
According to Geek, Asus has proven their worth to Google in supplying hardware that is ‘keeping up with the speed of Android by creating hardware that allows Google to keep close to their price points from last year’.
Despite recent issues with Qualcomm over the release of drivers for the GPU included with the Snapdragon SOC in the Nexus 7 (2013), which saw head of the Android Open Source Project Jean-Baptiste Queru resign over the issue. Geek speculates that the Nexus 10 (2013) will use a Snapdragon based SOC based on the use of this chip in the recent Asus built Nexus 7.
Google has been working tirelessly to build a tablet eco-system for larger screened Android devices, pushing design guidelines for Tablet apps as well as introducing Tablet specific parts of the Google Play store.
Despite apparently not selling in as great a number as the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 has apparently sold in enough numbers to warrant a successor and the rumour mill is now going on who will be supplying the hardware for the refresh.
The Nexus 10 was announced at the end of October last year with the Nexus 4. The Nexus 10 and a new Nexus phone should be announced around the same time to remain in keeping with Googles yearly refresh of their Nexus line of devices, it’s just now a matter of who will make them.
What do you think? Asus or Samsung – Who will build the new Nexus 10?