Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 15, 2012.
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In what may be the first concrete evidence that Google will partner with multiple companies to deliver a new Nexus device later this year, images of a supposed Sony Nexus X device have appeared online. There are no details about the phone, and the device may be a fake or part of a hoax, but the images appear to support previous rumors that Google will rethink its Nexus program.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Google would use multiple manufacturers to sell its Nexus devices that run standard versions of Android. Rather than use one manufacturer annually, Google would create a Nexus certification-like program that would provide early access to new versions of Android and see the software put on a variety of hardware options that might appeal to different customers. Since those rumors first emerged, Google has announced a Platform Development Kit program that seeds new versions of Android to manufacturers while still in development. The PDK is designed to familiarize companies with upcoming changes to Android to accelerate software updates, so it's possible that Google might encourage companies to issue devices that do not have user experience overlays that delay firmware upgrades. A Nexus program that supports multiple manufacturers - a rumored LG device has already appeared - might aid those efforts.
Two photos labeled Sony Nexus X have been posted to Picasa, though the authenticity of the images are questionable. While the phone does appear to have Sony's design style and shows a seemingly stock version of Android, portions of the image, namely the area of the Google logo, look like they may have been altered. The bottom part of the phone also seems slightly off.
Readers can view both images here to determine if they seem real or fake.source: XperiaBlog, via: Google+