Don’t think for a second that Google are giving up on their own Nexus hardware now that HTC and Samsung have stepped up and announced Nexus-like versions of their flagships devices. At least that’s what Android’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai told every at D11 that’s currently taking place over in the US.
All this means is that Google will continue to work with hardware partners to create their own Nexus devices like the current Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Could this mean we’ll see Google working more with lower-tier manufacturers from now on? I guess we’ll find out in the coming months.