Five manufacturers to each make a handset?
We don’t usually post rumours up on the Clove Blog, but this one is quite significant and a story that I have been following over the last few days. A ‘reliable source’ has told TalkAndroid that Google will release or announce five devices on November 5th to celebrate the 5th birthday of Android.
As the rumour goes, the five devices will each be made by a different manufacturer (Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG are those that are currently being mentioned). It has been suggested that Google is allowing all five companies to release a device at the same time so as to not alienate the others by releasing a device under Motorola (or any of the other manufacturers), which Google has just completed the purchase of.
The other supposed reasoning behind such a move would be to reduce the fragmentation that is present across the Android range. Allowing five manufacturers to release devices at the same time, on the same version of the OS (providing that they can of course meet the deadlines that would need to be set in place), would certainly level the playing field. A flagship device released from each would gives consumers the choice between their favourite design and hardware.
A move this big won’t be kept quiet for long, so we can expect to see some more details emerge soon.